What is the News?
Union Defence Minister and Minister for Road Transport and Highways have jointly inaugurated Emergency Landing Facility(ELF) for the Indian Air Force(IAF).
About Emergency Landing Facility(ELF)
Purpose: It will be used for emergency landings of the Indian Air Force aircrafts.
Located at: It is a 3 km stretch located on Gandhav-Bhakasar section on National Highway-925 in Barmer, Rajasthan.
Developed by: GHV India Pvt. Ltd under the supervision of IAF and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has developed this ELF.
Significance of Emergency Landing Facility
This is the first time that a National Highway will be used as an Emergency Landing Field (ELF) for IAF aircraft.
This emergency landing area is strategically important from the national security point of view also as it is just 40 kilometres from the India-Pakistan border.
The government also announced that the Emergency Landing Facilities will be developed at 19 other places to strengthen the country’s security.
Source: This post is based on the article “Union Minister inaugurates Emergency Landing Facility for Indian Air Force in Barmer, Rajasthan” published in PIB on 9th September 2021.