Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jalore emergency landing strip on highway shows era of standalone military projects is passé

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, carried out a mock emergency landing in a C130J transport aircraft on National Highway 925A to inaugurate an Emergency Landing Strip in Jalore district of Rajasthan.

The event was well publicised and conducted with much fanfare. The Union ministers witnessed multiple operations by a variety of aircraft on the Emergency Landing Strip (ELF). Speaking on the occasion, Nitin Gadkari gave details of 19 more ELFs being constructed on national highways near border areas extending from Ladakh in the north to Gujarat in the south and Assam in the east. 

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