Abhinandan Varthaman: What a dog fight that was with Pakistan

New Delhi, Nov 22: Indian Air Force ace pilot Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman was accorded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind today. He was accorded the Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft during aerial combat on February 27, 2019, a day after the Balakot airstrike.

To avenge the attack at Pulwama, India hit the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror facility at Balakot on February 26 2019. A day later on February 27 2019, the entire nation went through some tense moments, when an Indian Air Force pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan.

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2019: When Supreme Court shut the Rafale controversy

Rafales-at-a-IAF-baseNew Delhi, Dec 14: It was probably one of the most important defence deals and an extremely crucial one for the Indian Air Force.

In December 2018, the Supreme Court had rejected petitions that sought a court-monitored probe into the purchase of Rafale jets. The issue was debated in Parliament and after the SC rejected the petitions, a review petition was filed, which was heard in open court.

Army control over attack choppers- It is a ground reality


The Ministry of Defence after plenty of deliberations has finally decided to hand over control and operation of attack helicopters to the army. This would mean that all future attack helicopters would be with the army and the Army’s aviation corps would operate, pilot and also maintain the attack choppers.
Air Marshal (retd) B K Pandey (PVSM) explains to rediff.com that this is something the army cannot be faulted with for having asked for control over the attack choppers. One must also understand the army’s point of view. The idea of the army that whenever they carried out an operation on the ground they would need intimate air support. The army felt that if the control was with the airforce then the response time would suffer.

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