Waft Commander became segment of aerial engagement with Pakistan a day after the Balakot air strike

Waft Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who became segment of an aerial engagement with Pakistan a day after the Balakot air strike andbecame later caught by Pakistan after his Mig-21 crashed on their side, is place of residing to discover Vir Chakra on Independence Day, defence sources acknowledged on Wednesday. Vir Chakra is the country’s third-absolute top battle time gallantry medal.

From the Military, Sapper Prakash Jadhav can be posthumously awarded Kirti Chakra, the second peacetime gallantry award. The Military moreover obtained eight Shaurya Chakra and 98 Sena Medal (Gallantry) and four Point out-in-Dispatches, per the listing launched by the Military.

To boot, IAF moreover obtained five Yudh Seva Medals and seven Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), which moreover involves Mirage fighter pilots who took segment in the Balakot air strike.

Within the 13 medals to IAF, 12 are fighter pilots while one is a girl officer Sqn. Ldr. Minty Agarwal, flight controller on floor who became awarded Yudh Seva Medal for her actions one day of aerial engagement on February 27 when Pakistan fighter jets tried to bomb Indian military installations, a day after Balakot.

Wg. Cdr. Varthaman became caught by Pakistan on February 27 after his Mig-21 Bison fighter jet became hit in a dogfight with Pakistan Air Force jets and came down across the Line of Control (LoC). He became launched and handed over to India on the Wagah-Attari border crossing on March 1.

He became posted with the Mig-21 squadron in Srinagar earlier than the incident. After going thru the medial task after his return, he became posted wait on to a fighter unit.