Brave pilot Abhinandan will get Vir Chakra- After the Balakot Air Strike, the brave commander Abhinandan present of the valiant brave Indian Air Force (IAF), who gave a befitting reply to Pakistan’s daring and killed the American F-16 fighter aircraft, will be honored with the Vir Chakra. They will be given the Vir Chakra on Independence Day on Thursday. In addition, Squadron Leader of the Indian Air Force Minty Agarwal will be awarded the War Service Medal for his role as a combat controller during the air conflict on 27 February in Balakot.
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On 27 February, Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Current chased Pakistan’s F-16 when it entered the Indian border. After 90 seconds of Dog Fight, Abhinandan Current finally blew Pakistan’s F-16. This dog fight is not only seen as a unique feat in the skies of the Indian subcontinent, but it is also being described as a great example of the skill of an Indian Air Force pilot. Abhinandan present flew the US-made F-16 fighter jet from the Russian-made MiG-21. Air Force experts consider it a great success.
The next day of the Balakot air raid, the Indian Air Force radar at about 10 in the morning gave information about the Pakistan Air Force aircraft entering the Indian border. Various media reports then stated that the Pakistan Air Force fleet consisted of 24 fighter jets. According to a report by NDTV, Pakistan’s strike squad consisted of eight F-16s, four Mirage-3 aircraft, four Chinese-made JF-17 “Thunder” fighters.
Earlier, on the night of 25 and 26 February, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike at terrorist bases at Balakot across LoC around 3:30 pm. According to reports, 12 Mirage 2000 Indian fighter jets dropped 1,000 kg of bombs, destroying several training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JM) across the Line of Control (LoC).
The airstrike was carried out in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, in which a suicide bomber from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed hit an explosive-laden vehicle with a CRPF convoy. 40 CRPF personnel were killed in this.