IAF Inducts Rafale Aircraft Into 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara, Second After ‘Golden Arrows’

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday, i.e. July 28, operationalised the second Rafale squadron after “Golden Arrows”. The IAF formally inducted Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC). Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria attended the induction ceremony. On arrival, The CAS was received by Air Marshal Amit Dev , Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command. The event also included a fly-past heralding the arrival of Rafale aircraft to Hasimara followed by a traditional water cannon salute. Here Features And Specifications of Dassault Aviation’s ‘Omnirole’ Aircraft.

Addressing the personnel during the induction ceremony, CAS said that the induction of Rafale had been carefully planned at Hasimara; keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in the Eastern Sector. Recalling the glorious history of 101 Squadron which bestowed upon them the title of ‘Falcons of Chamb and Akhnoor’, CAS urged the personnel to combine their zeal and commitment with the unmatched potential of the newly inducted platform. He said that he had no doubt that the Squadron would dominate whenever and wherever required and ensure that the adversary would always be intimidated by their sheer presence. First Batch of Five Rafale Jets Arrive in India; Dassault Aviation’s Aircraft To be Part of ‘Golden Arrows’.

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The 101 Squadron is the second IAF Squadron to be equipped with Rafale aircraft. The Squadron was formed on May 1, 1949 at Palam and has operated Harvard, Spitfire, Vampire, Su-7 and MiG-21M aircraft in the past. The glorious history of this Squadron includes active participation in 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. From Rafale Jets to Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Here Are Aircraft That Bolster IAF’s Capabilities.

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Notably, Till now, India has received 26 Rafale Jets out of 36 aircraft that the country has ordered from Dassault Aviation. The first squadron of Rafale Jets is “Golden Arrows”, which is already operational Ambala air force station in Haryana. It is also known as No. 17 Squadron. In 2016, India signed a deal with the France government to procure 36 Rafale jets in a “ready to fly” condition. The entire deal was worth Rs 59,000 crore. According to the deal, 75 percent Rafale fleet will always remain operational.

(Article Source: PIB)

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INDRA 2021: India And Russia To Hold Joint Military Exercise At Volgograd From August 1 to 13

The 12th Edition of Indo-Russia joint military Exercise INDRA 2021 will be held at Volgograd, Russia from August 1 to 13, 2021. The exercise will entail conduct of counter terror operations under the United Nations mandate by  a joint force against international terror groups. Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2019: Indian And US Armies Sing & Dance on Assam Regiment’s Marching Song ‘Badluram Ka Badan Zameen Ke Neeche Hai’; Watch Video.

250 personnel from both the nations will form part of the exercise. The Indian Army contingent comprising of a Mechanised Infantry  Battalion underwent rigorous training at different locations in India to refine their drills for participation in the joint exercise. AVIAINDRA-2018: IAF’s Special Forces ‘Garud’ Undertake Air-Borne Assault Operation in Anti-Terrorist Scenario.

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Exercise INDRA-21 will further strengthen mutual confidence and interoperability between the Indian & Russian Armies and enable sharing of best practices between the contingents of both the countries. The exercise will be yet another milestone in strengthening security cooperation and will serve to reinforce the longstanding bond of friendship between India and Russia.

The 11th edition of the INDRA NAVY exercise was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from September 4 to 5. The Indian Navy was represented by guided missile destroyer Ranvijay, indigenous frigate Sahyadri and fleet tanker Shakti, along with their integral helicopters. Sahyadri has been presently redeployed to provide assistance to MT New Diamond, which has caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the Russian Federation Navy will be represented by destroyer Admiral.

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Shershaah Trailer Launched; Sidhharth Malhotra’s Movie On Kargil War Hero Capt Vikram Batra To Release on August 12, 2021

The trailer of the movie Shershaah was launched on Sunday, on the eve of Kargil Vijay Diwas which is celebrated every year on July 26. Actors Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani and producer Karan Johar reached Kargil for the trailer launch event. The movie is based on the life of Kargil War Hero and Param Vir Chakra winner Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra.

In the movie Malhotra is portraying the role of Captain Batra. The two minutes 30 seconds trailer, depicts various aspects of the Kargil War hero. Famous dialogue of Capt Batra “Ya to Tiranga lehra ke aunga ya Tirange me lipat kar aunga.” Has also been featured in the trailer. Kaira Advani is playing the role of Capt Batra’s girlfriend. Kargil Vijay Diwas 22nd Anniversary: Know About Param Vir Chakra Awardees Of Kargil War 1999.

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Sharing the trailer, the actor wrote, “Captain Vikram Batra reporting on duty! The wait is finally over, I’m honoured to present to you the legendary story of our Kargil War Hero.”

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The film is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Vishnu Vardhan is the director of the movie. The movie was scheduled to hit theatres in July 2, 2021, but due to COVID-19, its release was postponed to July 2, 2021. It has now been scheduled to release on August 12, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video. In January this year, Karan Johar released posters of the movie. also stars Ankita Gora, Shiv Pandit and Sahil Vaid, among others.

Shaheed Captain Batra had become a household name in India during the Kargil War. The young and jovial officer of the Indian Army, also code named as “Shershaah” during the Kargil War 1999 attained martyrdom while fighting for his motherland on July 7, 1999. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebrations: Lt Gen YK Joshi Leads ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ From Udhampur to Drass to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Heroes.

Captain Batra was born on September 9, 1974 in Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur to Girdhari Lal Batra, a government school principal, and Kamal Kanta Batra, a school teacher. Captain Batra joined the Indian Military Academy in 1997 and commissioned as a lieutenant into the 13th battalion of the Indian Army on December 6, 1997. In January 1999, Batra was sent to attend the Commando Course at Belgaum, Karnataka where he excelled.

The young officer gave his success signal “Yeh Dil Mange More!” after the capture of Point 5140. He attained martyrdom while capturing the Point 4857. Later, the point was renamed as “Batra Top.” For displaying bravery in the battlefield, Captain Batra was awarded Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously), India highest wartime bravery award.

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 22nd Anniversary: Know About Param Vir Chakra Awardees Of Kargil War 1999

During the summers of 1999, the Indian Army defeated Pakistani army and terrorists backed by it in a war which was fought on the mountains of Kargil at an altitude more than 15,000 feet. The Kargil War 1999 was fought between May and July 1999. Generally during winters armies of both the sides leave their bunkers at high altitude places in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and later during summers they reoccupy them. Kargil War 1999: A Story of Indian Army’s Valour and Pakistan’s Betrayal.

However, in 1999, Pakistan took undue advantage of India’s trust, Pakistan Army soldiers and mujahideens occupied Indian bunkers by crossing the Line of Control (LoC). The Kargil War 1999 broke out just three months after the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Yajpayee visited Pakistan with a message of peace and with a firm determination to solve the Kashmir issue peacefully in February that year. India came to know about the Pakistan’s plan in May, when the Indian Army’s patrol party led by Captain Saurabh Kalia, who went to the area did not report back to headquarters. Then the Indian Army auched the “Operation Vijay”. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebrations: Lt Gen YK Joshi Leads ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ From Udhampur to Drass to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Heroes.

Here Are Param Vir Chakra Winners During The Kargil Wars:

Shaeed Captain Vikram Batra: Capt. Batra, PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War. Batra joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, in June 1996 in the Manekshaw Battalion. The brave officer captured the Peak 5140 in Drass sector, without any casualties. He sacrificed his life while capturing the Point 4875 on July 7. Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra 22nd Martyrdom Day: Lt Gen YK Joshi Flies Over Batra Top to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Hero on His Balidan Diwas.

Shaheed Lieutenant Manoj Pandey: Lt Pandey (25 June 1975 – 3 July 1999) was also posthumously awarded the Param Veer Chakra. On the night of 3 July 1999 during the advance to Khalubar as his platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. Captain Pandey was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted. He got a fatal burst on his forehead while achieving his objective.

Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav: Yadav, Now Subedar Major, was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his 4 July 1999 action during the Kargil War. He was part of the Ghatak team of 18 Grenadiers who launched an offensive after climbing the Tiger Hill from the rear side, taking the enemy by surprise. In spite of being grievously injured he kept on fighting.

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar: On 4 July 1999, as a member of the 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, Kumar, now Subedar,  was the leading scout of a team tasked to capturing Area Flat Top, during the Kargil War. Having scaled the cliff, the team was pinned down by machine gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away. He kept advancing towards the enemy and in a close fight killed three enemy soldiers. He was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his bravery.

Mahavir Chakra Awardees:

Anuj Nayyar

Rajesh Singh Adhikari

Gurjinder Singh Suri

Digendra Kumar

Balwan Singh

Imliakum Ao

Keishing Clifford Nongrum

Neikezhakuo Kenguruse

Padmapani Acharya

Sonam Wangchuk

Vivek Gupta

Shaheed Captain Vijayant Thapar was amongst the 53 Vir chakra awardees. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi, who was the Commanding Officer of the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles) at the time of the Kargil War and led the attack on Point 4875, was also awarded Vir Chakra, the third highest war-time gallantry award.

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebrations: Lt Gen YK Joshi Leads ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ From Udhampur to Drass to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Heroes

Ahead of the 22nd Anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas, “Dhruva Kargil Ride” was organised by the Indian Army from Udhampur to Drass on Thursday to commemorate gallant actions of Kargil War heroes. The Dhruva Kargil Ride was flagged off by Kargil War hero, Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC. The bike rally was led by GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen YK Joshi. It comprises 25 riders. Remembering Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, ‘Shershaah’ of 1999 Kargil War, on His Martyrdom Day.

Notably, Lt Gen Joshi, who led the 13 JAK Rif during the Kargil War of 1999 with Pakistan. “Very important to note that this sacrifice made by the brave Indian Army is not only recognized but also remembered so that they continue to encourage the current and future generations of the country. This effort of ours, this rally that we are undertaking is to remember the fallen heroes during operation Vijay.,” reported Republicworld quoting Lt Gen Joshi as saying.

Dhruva Kargil Ride Flagged Of By Subedar Sanjay Kumar:

Meanwhile, another bike rally was organised in Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh. On July 19, 2021 General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps PGK Menon flagged off a bike rally for Doulat Beg Oldie. It completed its first phase from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie and returned to Leh Wednesday. The second phase of this rally commenced on Thursday from Leh to Drass.Lt Gen Menon led the rally. The motorcycle rally led by the Fure and Fury Corps commander will with the Dhruva Kargil Ride at Drass on Friday.

On Wednesday, a musical evening was organised in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur as part of the Kargil Vijas Diwas celebrations 2021. The Indian Army in a statement said that rhe ‘Shaurya Band’ of Jammu and Kashmir joined Northern Command at Udhampur to present a musical evening full of patriotism and fervour of nationalism to honour the heroes of the Kargil War. Lt Gen Joshi was also present at the event.

Earlier this month, Lt Gen Joshi also over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI and paid tribute to his comrade Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, who laid down his life during the Kargil War. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi was the Commanding Officer of the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles) at the time of the Kargil War and led the attack on Point 4875, which is now known as “Batra Top” as Shaeed Capain Batra attained martyrdom while fighting with enemies at this point.

The Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on July 26 to commemorate the victory of the Indian Army in flushing out Pakistani Army troops and terrorists from vacated Indian Positions in the Kargil sector along the Line of Control (LoC). The Kargil war was fought from May-July 1999.

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‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’ Trailer Released; Ajay Devgn As Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik in Movie Based on 1971 Indo-Pak War, Know The True Story

The much-awaited trailer of Ajay Devgn’s movie “Bhuj: The Pride Of India” was released on Monday, i.e. July 12. The movie, directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, is based on the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The lead role of Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Karnik is played by Ajay Devgn. Sanjay Dutt, Sunakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk and Nora Fatehi are other stars in the movie. The movie will be released on the OTT platform Disney Hotstar on August 13.

The film is inspired by a real incident during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. The Indo-Pak war was fought on two fronts against Pakistan for the liberation of erstwhile East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The movie is based on the story of one of the battles fought on the western front. Shershaah, Movie on Captain Vikram Batra’s Life.

What Actually Happened in Bhuj During The Indo-Pak war of 1971?

On December 8, the Pakistan Air force (PAF) attacked the IAF airstrip in Bhuj. Pakistani Sabres dropped over 14 napalm bombs were dropped on the IAF airstrip. In the PAF attack, the airstrip was heavily damaged, and the IAF’s fighter jets were unable to take off to carry out an offensive against Pakistan. The Indian Air Force then built the airstrip with the help of 300 villagers of Madhapur in Bhuj. Most of the villagers were women.

Sqn Ldr played an important role in rebuilding the airstrip. “We were fighting a war, and if there had been any casualties of any of these women, it would have been a great loss to the war effort. But I took the decision, and it worked out. I had briefed them where they could take shelter if attacked, and they followed it bravely,” the ex-IAF officer told The Asian Age. As per reports, 50 IAF and 60 Defense Security Corps personnel and 300 villages made sure that the airstrip was rebuilt in time.

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In the movie, Sanjay Dutt played the role of Indian Army Scout Ranchordas Pagi. Sonakshi Sinha portrayed the role of an activist Sunderben Jetha Madharparya. Nora Fatehi played the role of a RAW agent Heena Rehman. Meanwhile, Sharad Kelkar and Ammy Virk essayed the roles of Military Officer Ram Karan “RK” Nair and Flight Lieutenant Vikram Singh Baj Jethaaz, respectively. Bhuj: The Pride of India is the debut movie of Pranitha Subhash. The film is packed with action and patriotism.

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Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra 22nd Martyrdom Day: Lt Gen YK Joshi Flies Over Batra Top to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Hero on His Balidan Diwas

The Indian Army observed the 22nd martyrdom day of the 1999 Kargil War hero Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra. To commemorate the “Balidan Diwas” of Captain Batra, Lt Gen YK Joshi, the Commander of the Northern Command, flew over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI and paid tribute to his comrade. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi was the Commanding Officer of the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles) at the time of the Kargil War and led the attack on Point 4875, which is now known as “Batra Top”. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2020: Know All About ‘Operation Vijay’ Launched By The Indian Army To Flush Out Pakistani Soldiers And Terrorists From Mountains of Kargil in 1999.

The Northern Command in a tweet, said, “#IndiaSalutesKargilHeroes On 7th July Capt Vikram Batra   @SherShah led the capture of Pt 4875 & made supreme sacrifice. To commemorate his Balidan Diwas, #LtGenYKJoshi, #ArmyCdrNC, the then CO flew over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI & paid rich tributes to his Kargil War comrade.” Remembering Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, ‘Shershaah’ of 1999 Kargil War, on His Martyrdom Day.

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Captain Batra joined the Indian Military Academy in 1996 and commissioned as a lieutenant into the 13 JAF Rif of the Indian Army on December 6, 1997. Shaheed Captain Batra had become a household name in India during the Kargil War. The young and jovial officer of the Indian Army, also code named as “Shershaah” in the Kargil War 1999.

During the war he played a pivotal role in the capture of Point 4875. He laid down hi life while achieving his mission and protecting his comrades. He attained martyrdom while fighting for his motherland on July 7, 1999. Point 4875 was named “Batra Top” after Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra.

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Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari Assumes Charge As Vice Chief Of The Air Staff

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari took over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff on July 1, 2021. The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Fighter stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982. The Air Officer has a flying experience of more than 3,800 hours on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft, including missions flown during Op-Meghdoot and Op-Safed Sagar. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Major General Alok Joshi Assumes Charge Of IMA’s Deputy Commandant And Chief Instructor.

During his illustrious career in the IAF, the Air Officer has commanded a frontline Fighter Sqn and a Fighter base. As an Air Vice Marshal, he has been Deputy Commandant, Air Force Academy, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers). He has also held the coveted appointments of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command. Major General Alok Joshi Assumes Charge Of IMA’s Deputy Commandant And Chief Instructor. Lt Gen Manoj Pande to Take Charge as Eastern Command Chief Succeeding Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on June 1.

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He has succeeded Air Marshal HS Arora who retired after more than 39 years of illustrious service on June 30, 2021. During his tenure as VCAS, he was instrumental in ensuring prompt and optimum operational deployment of assets in proportionate response to the developing situation in Eastern Ladakh. Under his guidance, IAF also effectively contributed towards various HADR and COVID related tasks, both within India and abroad. On the occasion, the Air Marshals were presented the ceremonial Guard of Honour at Air Headquarters.  They also took part in the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial.

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Major General Alok Joshi Assumes Charge Of IMA’s Deputy Commandant And Chief Instructor

Major General Alok Joshi on Thursday assumed the charge of Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor of the Indian Military Academy (IMA). During a simple and solemn ceremony held at the IMA, out going Deputy Commandant Major General Jagjit Singh Mangat handed over the baton to Maj Gen Joshi. Indian Military Academy Provides COVID-19 Related Assistance to People of Koti-Dhaloni Village in Dehradun.

Major General Alok Joshi is an alumnus of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun & was commissioned into The Rajput Regiment on December 19, 1987. He has commanded a formation in Counter Insurgency Operations in Jammu & Kashmir. Officer is moving in after a successful command tenure and carries varied operational experience having served in different terrains and sectors.

Major General Jagjit Singh Mangat bid adieu to his Alma Mater on July 1, 2021 after a challenging tenure of 16 months. The Academy pursued a dynamic training regime with strict COVID-19 protocols during this period. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 425 GCs, Including 84 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise and Country-Wise List of Cadets.

A number of transformational efforts have been actualised and the Academy received appreciation from Army Training Command for its stellar standards showcased during the Passing Out Parades conducted amidst the prevailing conditions. Maj Gen Mangat is now moving for his next assignment at Army Headquarters.

(Article Source: Press Release From IMA)

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Agni Prime Missile Successfully Test Fired by DRDO Off Odisha Coast

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni Prime. The missile was test fired from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island in Balasore off the coast of Odisha at 10:55 am.

The defence ministry in a statement said, “Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile followed text book trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with high level of accuracy.” IAF Inducts Light Bullet Proof Vehicles to Strengthen Airbase Security Against Terrorist Attacks.

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Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 km. The missile is a part of a family of medium to intercontinental range ballistic missiles developed by India. The first Agni series missile, Agni-I, was developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and tested in 1989.

The development came three days after the DRDO test fired test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL). at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. 

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