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Abhinandan Varthaman: Know the IAF officer, now a Vir Chakra awardee

Abhinandan Varthaman, now a group captain, had shot down a Pakistani F-16 during an aerial dogfight over the Line of Control (LoC) in February, 2019. The 38-year-old, hails from Tamil Nadu's Tiruvannamalai district.

Abhinandan Varthaman with former IAF chief BS Dhanoa.(Photo courtesy IAF)
Abhinandan Varthaman with former IAF chief BS Dhanoa.(Photo courtesy IAF)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 12:07 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: PM Modi to address 'Mann Ki Baat' tomorrow

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(PTI)
Published on Feb 27, 2021 08:48 PM IST

Squadron that carried out Balakot operation makes long-range practice strike

In another event to commemorate the event, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief RKS Bhadauria on Saturday flew in a Mirage 2000, part of a multi-aircraft sortie, with the same squadron pilots.

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flew a Mirage 2000, the aircraft that was used for bombing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) targets in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26, 2019. (ANI PHOTO).
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flew a Mirage 2000, the aircraft that was used for bombing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) targets in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26, 2019. (ANI PHOTO).
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 08:36 PM IST
Edited by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

IAF adds muscle to firepower in 2 yrs since Balakot

Indian Air Force's (IAF’s) Mirage-2000s struck targets in Balakot in response to the Pakistan-backed Pulwama suicide attack in Kashmir in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed on February 14.

Referring to some of the new acquisitions, experts said IAF’s fighter, helicopter and transport fleets played a crucial during the Ladakh standoff that began last May.(PTI file photo)
Referring to some of the new acquisitions, experts said IAF’s fighter, helicopter and transport fleets played a crucial during the Ladakh standoff that began last May.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 01:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Bandar mara gaya’: 15 min after missiles struck Balakot, a phone call in Delhi

Ahead of the Balakot air strike, a posse of Indian fighters was scrambled in the Rajasthan sector to get the Pakistan Air Force to move all its assets to intercept the Indians over the skies of Bahawalpur. The IAF’s Mirage 2000 fighters released their Spice 2000 penetrator bombs, each packed with 90 kg explosives, soon after.

The message meant that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp at Balakot in hinterland Pakistan had been taken down by Indian fighter jets in a daring pre-dawn operation across the border.(File photo)
The message meant that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp at Balakot in hinterland Pakistan had been taken down by Indian fighter jets in a daring pre-dawn operation across the border.(File photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 10:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
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