Today is a big day for the Indian Air Force as it celebrates its 87th birthday with a spectacular air display. India also introduced its newest multirole fighter jet Rafale into the Air Force at a handover ceremony in Merignac in France. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh,took the delivery of the first Rafale made by French firm Dassault Aviation in France.
The air display commenced with flag-bearing sky divers of the famous Akash Ganga team dropping out of an AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies. Also, the No 9 squadron of the IAF has been awarded for carrying out Balakot airstrike.Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal’s unit was awarded the unit citation for their role in Balakot strike. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s 51 Squadron also awarded unit citation.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria attended a grand flypast by the IAF’s transport planes, helicopters and fighter jets at Hindon Air Force Station in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, near Delhi.
The aircrafts that took part in the event were Chinook helicopter, Apache attack helicopter, Hercules transport aircraft, C-17 Globemaster, Jaguar, MiG-21 Bison, MiG-29, Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30 MKI, LCA Tejas.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat along with Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh paid floral tributes at the National War Memorial on the occasion of Indian Airforce Day.
IAF in a tweet said, “#AFDay19: On the occasion of 87th Anniversary, Indian Air Force extends its heartfelt greetings to the courageous air-warriors & their families. The Courage, Valour, Commitment, Dedication & Zeal are inspiration for all.”
History of Indian Air Force:
Indian Air Force was officially established on 8 October 1932 by the British Empire. India’s aviation service was awarded the name ‘Royal’ during the efforts made by them at the time of World War II.
But the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept even after India gained its Independence from British. As our government got our own constitution and became a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed after three years. The Indian Air Force, air arm of the Indian armed forces, has its prime responsibility of securing the Indian airspace as well as to carry out the aerial warfare during any clash.
The Indian Air Force has been engaged in the four wars with the Pakistan and one with People’s Republic of China after its independence. The operations carried out by it are Operation Meghdoot, Operation Vijay the invasion of Goa, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. It has also been involved in the United Nations peacekeeping missions. The President of the country serves to the India Air Force as a Commander-in-Chief.
The Indian Air Force has the strength of about 170,000 personnel and more than 1,400 aircraft and considered as one of the leading air forces of world. It has the responsibility to safeguard the Indian Territory from all risks, provide help during natural calamities to the affected areas.
The Indian Air Force has involved in the World War II,Sino-Indian War,Operation Cactus,Operation Vijay, Kargil War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Indo-Pakistani War of 1947,Congo Crisis,Operation Poomalai and Operation Pawan.
Today the President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal, is a four-star officer and is responsible for the operational command of the Air Force. The IAF’s mission is defined by the Armed Forces Act of 1947 and the Air Force Act of 1950. The IAF provides close air support to the Indian Army troops on the battlefield as well as strategic and tactical airlift capabilities.