PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
ELF carried out in Bapatla District (AP) By Air Force Station Suryalanka of Southern Air Command
Secunderabad, 29 Dec 2022
An airstrip for the emergency landing of aircraft has come up on National Highway No 16 near Addanki in Bapatla district.The 4.1 km long and 33 mtr wide concrete airstrip is constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and is nearing completion. Two such airstrips are already operational in UP and Rajasthan.This ELF in Andhra Pradesh would be the first one to be operational in peninsular India.
To check out the feasibility of operations from the ELF, IAF fighter and transport aircraft from Southern Air Command successfully carried out overshoots on the strip on 29 Dec 22 as part of trials. Presently the ELF is not fully ready for facilitating landing. The trials by IAF on 29 Dec 22 were towards ascertaining the feasibility of landing. It would be inaugurated once it is fully ready.
The Highway stretches will be blocked in case of an emergency and put to use exclusively for the landing of aircraft. The airstrips can be used for strategic purposes as well as during natural calamities for rescue and relief operations.
Air Force Station Suryalanka, being the nearest IAF air base from the ELF, would facilitate activation of the airstrip in coordination with the District Administration and State Police as per requirement.
IAF fighter and transport aircraft carried out practice flying including circuit, approach and overshoot on the newly constructed Emergency Landing Facility on NH-16 at Addanki of Bapatla District in Andhra Pradesh on 29 Dec 2022.
Smt Vijaya Krishnan, IAS, District Collector, Bapatla felicitated for Successful ELF Trials, by Group Captain RS Chowdhury, Station Commander, Air Force Station Suryalanka.