IAF tests ability to take off from civil airports in eastern India

In what will validate its operational capability, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday operated Sukhoi-30MKI from three civil airfields in the eastern part of the country.

Such operations are done to validate the readiness of civil airfields in case the regular airbases are under attack from the enemy. 

The Eastern Air Command will be operating and validating the fighter aircraft operations from major aiports at Kolkatta, Guwahati and Durgapur (near Asansol).

It will be a two-day exercise. 

The IAF has several airbases in the east at Tezpur, Jorhat, Chabua, Passighat and Panagarh, Kaliakunda from where fighter jets can operate, full time or on an emergency basis. These are all mandated and tasked to face China. 

In the past IAF has tested its ability to land on the Yamuna Expressway.