Air Force ne’er Lies: The IAF crew that piloted “Avenger-1” these days was identical two-man crew that flew the Sukhoi-30MKI in ‘Operation Swift Retort’ on the day the air battle happened

The Indian Air Force on its 87th birthday these days sprung a surprise on Asian nation in response to its claim of shooting down a Sukhoi-30MKI in February. within the clear skies on top of Hindon Air Force Station close to metropolis, 3 nimble French-origin Mirage-2000s flanked by 2 larger Sukhoi-30MKI multi-role fighter jets flew in what’s referred to as the “Avenger” formation because the spectators below cheered for them.

The surprise? one among the 2 Sukhoi-30MKIs, whose decision sign is “Avenger 1”, that flew on the acute right of the formation these days was identical craft that Asian nation claimed it had shot down within the air battle in February twenty seven, on a daily basis when Indian jets born Israeli-made bombs on a camp of the phobia cluster Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, deep within Asian nation.

In more embarrassment for Asian nation, the IAF crew that piloted “Avenger-1” these days was identical two-man crew that flew the Sukhoi-30MKI on the day the air battle happened.

“We acknowledge the contributions of all personnel of Commands, Stations and Units United Nations agency mutely and professionally contributed to the success of the air strikes on the terrorist camps at Balakot earlier this year,” Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria aforementioned these days at Hindon Air Force Station. Army chief General Bipin Rawat conjointly attended the event.

The IAF has aforementioned Pakistan’s “false claim” of shooting down a Sukhoi-30MKI was an effort to hide up for the loss of its own craft, associate degree American-made F-16, that commanding officer Abhinandan Varthaman had shot down before the Russian-origin MiG-21 bovid that he piloted fell to enemy hearth. commanding officer Varthaman was awarded the Vir Chakra for shooting down the Pakistani F-16.

In a comeback, the commanding officer these days conjointly crystal rectifier a formation of MiG-21 bovid fighter jets at Hindon. The ‘Bison’ variant may be a extremely upgraded version of the bequest MiG-21 from the conflict era.

Two squadrons of the IAF – fifty one Squadron and nine Squadron – that contend a job within the air strike in Balakot, were adorned with citations.

The air show at Hindon started with flag-bearing sky different of the Akash Ganga team throwing in the towel of associate degree AN-32 craft in their vibrant canopies. Next came the Chinook heavy-lift twin-rotor transport whirlybird and also the Apache attack helicopters, being showcased for the primary time. each these helicopters were noninheritable from the U.S.A. and inducted into the IAF within the previous few months.

The flypast enclosed a spectacular manoeuvre by a Sukhoi-30MKI. the sunshine Combat craft (LCA) Tejas too created many manoeuvres within the air because the crowd below cheered for it.

“In the recent years, the Geo-Political setting has been speedily dynamical and uncertainties have created varied challenges to national security. it’s extraordinarily vital that we have a tendency to ar continuously open-eyed and responsive to the prevailing sub-conventional threat. within the year gone, the IAF has incontestible its resolve and capability in hard the perpetrators of coercion and that we have to be compelled to be ever ready to satisfy any contingency that challenges the defence of our country,” the Air Chief Marshal aforementioned in his address to IAF personnel at Hindon.

Today is additionally a big day for the IAF for an additional reason – Defence Minister Rajnath Singh can take delivery of India’s newest multi-role fighter jet Rafale in France.

JAY HIND