Vir Chakra To Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of the Indian Air Force will be conferred with Vir Chakra on Independence Day. Abhinandan Varthaman had shot down F-16 jet of Pakistan Air Force. Abhinandan was, however, held captive but returned to India after three days.
- Air Force fighter pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan present to get Vir Chakra
- Abhinandan killed F-16 aircraft of neighboring country on Pakistan border after Balakot air strike
- Squadron Leader Minti Aggarwal will be awarded the War Service Medal
- Abandhan will be honored on the occasion of Independence Day
ing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of the Indian Air Force will be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence Day.
Abhinandan Varthaman became the face of the military confrontation between India and Pakistan in February this year.
The IAF foiled the Pakistani retaliation, and in the dogfight, Abhinandan Varthaman downed an F-16 fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force, showing grit, determination and bravery.
The wing commander cleared all medical tests and is expected to resume his flying duties soon. Abhinandan Varthaman was taken off flying duties due to injuries sustained in Pakistan after ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison fighter jet during a fight with Pakistan on February 27, 2019.
Abhinandan shot down Pakistan’s F-16 aircraft
Abhinandan launched a fierce attack on Pakistani fighters on the border after the Balakot air strike. Abhinandan shot down Pakistan’s state-of-the-art F-16 aircraft in dogfight. Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani aircraft through a MiG-21 bison. This charisma of Abhinandan was discussed everywhere as the F-16 aircraft was much more advanced and powerful than the MiG-21.
Days after Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike at a terror camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed. During the following confrontation, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman shot down a Pakistan F-16 jet on February 27.
Abhinandan had fired an R-73 missile to take out the Pakistan F-16 aircraft before his Mig 21 Bison was hit by an AMRAAM missile. The development now seals the fact that Pakistan had used an F-16 in an offensive role.
But IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces.
Abhinandan’s plane also crashed in the dogfight, after which he went into the Pakistan border. The Pakistani Army had detained him and questioned him. After India’s tremendous diplomatic pressure, Pakistan handed over the reception to India on 1 March.
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Abhinandan Varthaman was captured on February 27 by Pakistan following a dogfight between the two air forces in which his MIG-21 was shot down.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a day later that they will release him — seen as a major step towards defusing a near-war situation triggered by India’s retaliation over Pakistan’s continued support for terrorism.
Abhinandan was later handed over to Indian authorities at the Attari-Wagah border on March 1.
The world first came to know of Abhinandan when photographs of him — captured, blindfolded and handcuffed by the Pakistani military — surfaced. Later, a video was released in which he sipped tea and said his captors were treating him well.
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