The Indian Air Force wants new public roads to be designed to serve as runways for its warplanes, providing an alternative for launching operations if key airfields are bombed out by the enemy.
And now finally Odisha has got permission to convert 2 of it’s national highways into runways for emergency situation. The IAF, which has 53 airfields across the country, has firmed up an ambitious plan for emergency airstrips in important sectors — identifying road locations, minimum infrastructure requirement and portable logistics support.
“Total 12 number of Highways to get converted into Airstrips which includes Jamshedpur-Baleshwar & Chatrapur-Digha national highway.”
NHAI Director Deepak Kumar has informed that in upcoming 3-4 months all the selected NH cum Airstrip work will kick start.
Countries known to have emergency airstrips on highways include China, Germany, Sweden and Singapore.