Wing Cdr. Abhinandan leads MiG-21 at IAF parade -
Wing Cdr. Abhinandan leads MiG-21 at IAF parade
Posted 08 Oct 2019 08:34 PM

Image Source: THE HINDU

Wg. Cdr. Abhinandan Varthaman, who was awarded Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 during Balakot airstrike, led a Mig-21 Bison formation at the Air Force Day parade on Tuesday.

Five gallantry awardees led an Avenger formation comprising three Mirage 2000s and two Su-30MKI aircraft. The Mirages were piloted by Sqn. Ldr. Bhujadey, Gp. Capt. P. Raj and Wg. Cdr. Basoya. The Su-30s were piloted by Wg. Cdr. K.P. Singh and Sqn. Ldr. Parshuram.

At the parade, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria presented Unit citations to 51 Squadron, 9 Squadron, and 601 Signals unit, all of which played a role during the Balakot episode. Wing. Cdr. Varthaman was then posted to 51 Squadron based in Srinagar. In his first address to the service as Chief, ACM Bhadauria said the geopolitical environment has been rapidly changing in recent years and “uncertainties have created numerous challenges to national security.”

Stressing on the need to be always vigilant and alert to the existing sub-conventional threat, ACM Bhadauria said, “In the year gone by, the IAF has demonstrated its resolve and capability in punishing the perpetrators of terrorism and we need to be ever prepared to meet any contingency that challenges the defence of our country.”

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