President Ram Nath Kovind Approves 132 Gallantry Award For Armed Forces Personnel and Members of Paramilitary Forces, Check Full List

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Tuesday approved 132 Awards to Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces. The awards include two Kirti Chakras, one Vir Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakras, eight Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 90 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), seven Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry) and five Yudh Seva Medals.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved four Mention-in-Despatches to the Army Personnel for their significant contributions in different military operations which include one posthumous for ‘Operation Anantnag Town’. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Get Vir Chakra, 5 IAF Pilots to be Conferred Vayu Seva Medal For Carrying Out Balakot Airstrikes; Yudh Seva Medal For Sqn Ldr Minty Agarwal.

Indian Army sapper Prakash Jadhav was awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest gallantry award of peacetime. Jadhav was martyred while fighting terrorists in Kulgham area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in November last year. Deputy Commandant, CRPF, Harshpal Singh has also been awarded the Kirti Chakra. Apart from Jadhav, eight other army personnel including Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal and Lance Naik Sandeep Singh will be conferred Shaurya Chakra posthumously.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was also conferred Vir Chakra on Independence day for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet during aerial combat which took place on February 27 after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace.

Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal who intercepted PAF aircraft on February 27 will also be conferred Yudh Seva Medal. The five IAF pilots – Wing Commander Amit Ranjan, Squadron Leaders Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, BKN Reddy and Shashank Singh are being awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) for carrying out airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge February 14 Pulwama attack.

Here is the list of gallantry award winners:

Sl. No. RANK AND NAME Service
KIRTI CHAKRA
  1. SAPPER PRAKASH JADHAV
  1. CORPS OF ENGINEERS/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
ARMY

 

  1. HARSHPAL SINGH, DY COMMANDANT, CRPF
MHA
VIR CHAKRA
WING COMMANDER VARTHAMAN ABHINANDAN (27981) FLYING (PILOT) AIR

FORCE

SHAURYA CHAKRA

 

IC-64585A Lieutenant Colonel AJAY SINGH KUSHWAH

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-44986N MAJOR VIBHUTI SHANKAR DHOUNDIYAL

THE CORPS OF ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS/55THBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
IC-79501Y CAPTAIN MAHESHKUMAR BHURE

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
19000555M LANCE NAIK SANDEEP SINGH

4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES) (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
2498034F SEPOY BRAJESH KUMAR

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
  1. SEPOY HARI SINGH
  1. GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
ARMY
4101010K RIFLEMAN AJVEER SINGH CHAUHAN

6TH BATTALION THE GARHWAL RIFLES

ARMY
9112648L RIFLEMAN SHIVE KUMAR

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY/31ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA
RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
AMIT SINGH RANA, LME (231243-B) NAVY
SHRI SABLE DNYANESHWAR SHRIRAM, CONSTABLE, 53 Bn CRPF MHA
SHRI ZAKER HUSSAIN, CONSTABLE, CRPF MHA
SHRI ASHIQ HUSSAIN MALIK, SPECIAL POLICE OFFICIAL (POSTHUMOUS) MHA
SHRI SUBASH CHANDER, HEAD CONSTABLE, J&K MHA
SHRI IMRAN HUSSAIN TAK, SUB INSPECTOR (POSTHUMOUS) MHA
BAR TO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

IC-65402L COLONEL ASHUTOSH SHARMA, SENA MEDAL

BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/21ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-75775M MAJOR K NAVEEN REDDY, SENA MEDAL

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-75898Y MAJOR SAGAR PRAKASH PARDESHI, SENA MEDAL

THE ARMOURED CORPS/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-76440F MAJOR TASOU PRAO, SENA MEDAL

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-78870K MAJOR MD SAHWAJ ALAM, SENA MEDAL

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-44861W MAJOR KAUSTUBH PRAKASHKUMAR RANE, SENA MEDAL

THE GARHWAL RIFLES/36TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
SS-45438H MAJOR MANISH KUMAR SINGH, SENA MEDAL

THE ENGINEER REGIMENT/53RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
3206908Y SEPOY SUNIL KUMAR, SENA MEDAL

20TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT

ARMY
 

SENA MEDAL(GALLANTRY)

IC-63135W LIEUTENANT COLONEL RAJESH CHOUDHARY

3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY

 

IC-63390H LIEUTENANT COLONEL BHAGWAN SINGH BISHT

THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT/31ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-63780L LIEUTENANT COLONEL PUNYABACHI MOHANTY

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-64702A LIEUTENANT COLONEL MOHAMMAD RAZA ISRAIL

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY

 

IC-66127H LIEUTENANT COLONEL AMRENDRA PRASAD DWIVEDI

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-66194N LIEUTENANT THAIBA SIMON

FIRST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-67429F MAJOR SANDEEP WASHISHT

THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT/31ST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-69616Y MAJOR JASWINDER SINGH

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/53RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-71076K MAJOR VIKAS KATOCH

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/52NDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-71121L MAJOR REVINDER BHAKHER

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-71381W MAJOR UDAYAN THAKUR

THE ARMY SERVICE CORPS/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-72222L MAJOR VIJESH KUMAR

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-72379L MAJOR SACHIN KUMAR AGARWAL

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/30TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-72667X MAJOR CHITRESH BISHT

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/55TH ENGINEER REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
IC-73715Y MAJOR KH SHEM

THE JAT REGIMENT/5TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-75222W MAJOR ASHISH KUMAR

4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-75470M MAJOR HAPPY CHARAK

9TH BATTALION THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-77566N MAJOR YOGESH PANDEY

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/9TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-44375Y MAJOR LAXMAN SINGH

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/9TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-45385P MAJOR PATHARKAR ANAND SHARAD

BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-45698N MAJOR JAVALKAR VAIBHAV PRAMOD

THE ARMOURED CORPS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-45948K MAJOR SOHAM BHATTACHARJEE

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-46325M MAJOR SHAKTI SINGH

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
SS-46982W MAJOR INDER PREET SINGH

THE ARMOURED CORPS/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-78335 CAPTAIN SHIV KUMAR SHARMA

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-78363W CAPTAIN KUNAL KUMAR

21ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
IC-78430W CAPTAIN PRATEEK RANJANGAONKAR

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
IC-79380H CAPTAIN SAURABH PATNI

THE CORPS OF SIGNALS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
SS-47877M CAPTAIN ASHISH GEDION PAUDEL

3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
JC-581558P SUBEDAR TRILOK SINGH

3RD BATTALION THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES

ARMY
JC-163472A NAIB SUBEDAR TARA CHAND

16TH BATTALION THE ASSAM RIFLES

ARMY
JC-414326P NAIB SUBEDAR RAVINDER SINGH

FIRST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
JC-414347P NAIB SUBEDAR JAI DEV

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
15135254X BATTERY HAVILDAR MAJOR HANS RAJ

THE COPRS OF ARTILLERY/66TH MEDIUM REGIMENT

ARMY
13627211K HAVILDAR SANDEEP MALIK

12TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
  1. HAVILDAR BALINDER SINGH
  2. TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
ARMY
14930228X HAVILDAR BALJEET

THE MECHANISED INFANTRY/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16011842N HAVILDAR BHUPENDRA SINGH

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
2491094N HAVILDAR AJAY KUMAR RANA

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/53RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
2696528W HAVILDAR SHEO RAM

THE GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

(POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
3193710Y HAVILDAR RAKESH KUMAR

THE JAT REGIMENT/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
9108495 HAVILDAR JAVID AHMAD CHOPAN

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
13624481N LANCE HAVILDAR VIJAY KUMAR

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
16018379A LANCE HAVILDAR SANDEEP KUMAR

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
13625785X NAIK ASHWANI KUMAR

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
13763245X NAIK JANKAR SINGH

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14936964M NAIK SUNNY THAKUR

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION MECHANISHED

ARMY
3199522N NAIK RAMESH KUMAR

20TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT

ARMY
3202050W NAIK NARENDRA KUMAR

THE JAT REGIMENT/5TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4199767A NAIK SANTOSH SINGH

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
16022429X LANCE NAIK SOMBIR

23RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

ARMY
2498145Y LANCE NAIK JAGTAR SINGH

THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4091346N LANCE NAIK SURENDRA SINGH

4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
4577919 LANCE NAIK ANUJ KUMAR

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14941288M SEPOY KULWINDER SINGH

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14943136K SEPOY JAGMOHAN SINGH

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14943610M SEPOY SAMARESH DEY

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
14945629K SEPOY SUHAIL SINGH SAINI

THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
2621863 Y SEPOY S VIGI BHASKAR

12TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT

ARMY
2706086Y GRENADIER TAWSEEF YOUSUF

THE GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
2708496N GRENADIER AJAY KUMAR

THE GRENADIERS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

(POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
2817903 SEPOY PENTA NITHIN PAUL

24TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY

ARMY
3206464A SEPOY SUNIL

THE JAT REGIMENT/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
3207037W SEPOY RINKU

THE JAT REGIMENT/34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4201892L SEPOY SUSHIL SINGH KALAKOTI

THE KUMAON REGIMENT/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4204572F SEPOY RAJVEER SINGH YADAV

THE KUMAON REGIMENT/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4381857H SEPOY PANKAJ BORO

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4381860H SEPOY RAHUL DAS

THE ASSAM REGIMENT/42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4487854A SEPOY GULSHAN SINGH

THE SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY/19TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4491112X SEPOY HAPPY SINGH

THE SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY/19TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
4582015N SEPOY YOGENDRA KUMAR

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
13775303H RIFLEMAN RAMESH SINGH DHAMI

3RD BATTALION THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES

ARMY
13776050L RIFLEMAN RUPEN PRADHAN

3RD BATTALION THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES

ARMY
13776291L RIFLEMAN SURINDER KUMAR

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES/3RDBATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16021892M RIFLEMAN PRADEEP KUMAR

THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES/9TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
4094438L RIFLEMAN MANDEEP SINGH RAWAT

THE GARHWAL RIFLES/36TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
4101212L RIFLEMAN PREETAM SINGH

6TH BATTALION THE GARHWAL RIFLES

ARMY
9112892L RIFLEMAN RAYEES AH LONE

THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY/50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
G/3101952K RIFLEMAN NINGTHOUJAM SUBHACHANDRA SINGH

31ST BATTALION THE ASSAM RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
2707701X GRENADIER KARAM CHAND

5TH BATTALION THE GRENADIERS

ARMY
13631345A PARATROOPER VIKRAM SINGH MEHTA

3RD BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
14705438H PARATROOPER RAJENDRA SINGH

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIUMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
14940756P PARATROOPER NASEEB KUMAR

10TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
4091609F PARATROOPER GOPAL SINGH

10TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
4377529X PARATROOPER TARUNG SITANG

9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)

ARMY
15505841F SOWAR KISHAN SINGH

THE ARMOURED CORPS/55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

ARMY
15715720X SIGNALMAN MANVENDRA SINGH

THE CORPS OF SIGNALS/3RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
15332020M SAPPER P MADHU

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16119562K SAPPER P BABU

THE MAHAR REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY
16123299F SAPPER RAHUL CHAVAN

THE ENGINEER REGIMENT/FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES

ARMY

NAO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

CAPTAIN NAVEEN THAPA, (03644-F) NAVY
LT CDR RUCHIR RAKESH KHAJURIA (06279-W) NAVY
SHRI NIWASH, SEA I (UW) (234830-F) NAVY
SHAMINDER SINGH, PO PT (222345F) NAVY
TAKHELLAMBAM RAKHESH SINGH, POCD (215876-B) NAVY

VAYU SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

GROUP CAPTAIN SAUMITRA TAMASKAR (25297) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
WING COMMANDER PRANAV RAJ (27193)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
WING COMMANDER AMIT RANJAN (28005)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER RAHUL BASOYA (29178)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER PANKAJ ARVIND BHUJADE (29682) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER B KARTHIK NARAYAN REDDY (30202) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER SHASHANK SINGH (32108)

FLYING (PILOT)

AIR FORCE
YUDH SEVA MEDAL
AIR COMMODORE SUNIL KASHINATH VIDHATE AVSM VM (18825) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
GROUP CAPTAIN YESHPAL SINGH NEGI VM VSM (23735) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
GROUP CAPTAIN HEMANT KUMAR (25615) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
GROUP CAPTAIN HANSEL JOSEPH SEQUEIRA (26081) FLYING (PILOT) AIR FORCE
SQUADRON LEADER MINTY AGGARWAL (31874)

ADMINISTRATION/FIGHTER CONTROLLER

AIR FORCE

 

In addition, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind has also awarded one President’s Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service), five Tatrakshak Medals (Gallantry) and two Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious Service) to the following Indian Coast Guard personnel for their act of conspicuous gallantry and distinguished/meritorious service. The detailed list of the awardees are as follows:

 

(a)        President’s Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service)

(i)         IG Thekkumpurath Prabhakaran Sadanandan, TM (4017-D)

 

(b)       Tatrakshak Medal (Gallantry)

(i)         DIG Yoginder Dhaka (0420-D)

(ii)        Comdt Anurup Singh (0620-J)

(iii)       Dy Comdt Utkersh Sharma (1189-C)

(iv)       Satish, P/Adh(RP), 2816-Z

(v)       Trinatha Behera, U/Adh(R), 03608-Z

 

(c)        Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious Service)

(i)         IG Maneesh Vishal Pathak (0241-V)

(ii)        DIG Neeraj Tiwari (0269-L)

These awards are being given to the personnel of Indian Coast Guard on Republic Day and Independence Day every year, since January 26, 1990 onwards.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Army)

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Get Vir Chakra, 5 IAF Pilots to be Conferred Vayu Seva Medal For Carrying Out Balakot Airstrikes; Yudh Seva Medal For Sqn Ldr Minty Agarwal

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence day for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet during aerial combat which took place on February 27 after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. In the aerial dogfight, Wg Cdr Varthaman’s Mig-21 Bison was also shot down. Though he ejected safely but his parachute drifted to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was then captured by the Pakistani Army. He was later released on March 1. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

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The IAF conducted airstrikes in Pakistan on February 26 two weeks after the Pulwama terror attack. IAF’s Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and targeted the JeM terror camp in Balakot with precision, guided missiles. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

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In April this year,  Gauri Mahadik, the widow of Major Prasad Mahadik of the Indian Army joined to Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. The 32-year-old Gauri prepared hard and cleared her Services Selection Board (interview) in the second attempt. She topped the merit list of the SSB in the widow category in her second attempt.

Maj Gen (R) Vikram Dogra of Indian Army Breaks his Own Record at Ironman Triathlon Held in Hamburg, General Bipin Rawat Congratulates Officer

Major General (Retd) Vikram Dogra, the first army man to complete an Ironman triathlon, broke his own record at the world’s most tiring sports event by 41 minutes. Maj Gen (R) Dogra completed the triathlon held at Germany’s Hamburg on July 30 in 13 hours 40 minutes. A total number of 2,700 athletes from across 70 countries took part in the Ironman triathlon this year. All-Woman IAF Crew Flies Military Chopper Mi-17 V5 For First Time.

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat congratulated Maj Gen (R) for his achievement. The Indian Army tweeted, “#OurVeteran #OurPride General Bipin Rawat #COAS congratulates Major General Vikram Dogra (Retired), who successfully completed an Ironman Triathlon, beating his own record at the gruelling event in #Germany.”

Indian Army’s Tweet:

 

The ‘Ironman’ is an international competition which consists of three events which including 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km of running. It is regarded as the toughest one-day sporting event in the world. The participants need to complete its all three events within 17 hours. Only after completing the event within the required timeframe, participants can earn the title of ‘Ironman’. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

According to the retired army officer said, this year swimming organised in Lake Alster was the most difficult of all three loops. Speaking to IANS, he said, “The lake was not clean. The water was full of algae and almost black in appearance. There were pieces of algae floating all around. Lot of athletes lost their way in the first loop itself.” Maj Gen (R) further added that during cycling also participants faced challenge as it was a hot day with a windspeed of around 40 kmph and they had to pedal against the wind most of the time.

In July 2018, the general-rank officer participated in the triathlon held in Austria’s Klagenfurt. Maj Gen (R) Dogra had also commanded an Armoured Brigade on the western front with Pakistan and an Infantry Division in a Strike Corps. The Sword of Honour and Gold Medalist winner of the December 1981 batch got commissioned into the Poona Horse Regiment.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Army)

IAF Launches Mobile-Based Air Combat Game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ to Attract More Youth to Join The Force

Air Chief Marshal Barinder Singh Dhanoa on Wednesday launched Indian Air Force’s (IAF) mobile-based air combat game – ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ in New Delhi. The teaser of the game was launched on July 20 on IAF’s Twitter handle. The game also features a character with a gunslinger moustache similar to that of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter during aerial combat on February 27. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Posted at Suratgarh Airbase in Rajasthan: Reports.

The game is offered on Android and iOS devices. At present the game is available as a single player wherein the user can cherish the thrill of flying experience. Later, the IAF will introduce the multiplayer version of the game. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Meets Army And Air Force Personnel in Jammu And Kashmir; Watch Video.

Teaser of the Game:

The game featuring Wg Cdr Varthaman like character showcases various fighter jets and choppers of the IAF including Su-30 MKIs and Mi-17 helicopters. It also makes a veiled reference to the Balakot airstrike, which was carried out by the IAF on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan on February 26 using Mirage 2000 aircraft. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison.

With the launch of this game, the IAF aims to attract more youth to join the force to fulfill its depleted manpower. According to reports, Ministry of Defence, the IAF has shortage of 483 officers. Currently, the air force has 12,142 officers as on 1 June, against a sanctioned strength of 12,625.

(Picture Courtesy: Youtube Video Grab/ Defence Insight)

First Batch of 4 Apache AH-64E Attack Helicopters For IAF Arrived At Hindan Air Base

The United States aerospace major Boeing on Saturday handed over the the first four of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Hindan air base in Ghaziabad. According to reports, four more Apache AH-64 choppers will reach Indian next week. All these eight chopper will be stationed at Pathankot Air Force Station where they will be stationed permanently. Indian Air Force Soon to Get Boeing’s Apache And Chinook Helicopters.

The first batch of attach helicopters were delivered to the IAF almost four years after India signed a deal to procure 22 Apache AH-64E helicopters. Boeing handed the first AH-64E (I) – Apache Guardian helicopter to the IAF in Mesa of USA’s Arizona in May. Earlier this month two new heavy-lift Chinook helicopters for the IAF arrived at the Mundra port.

New Delhi signed a $ 3 billion deal to buy 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters in September 2015 with Boeing and the government of the United States. The Indian government signed a direct contract with the Boeing to procure Chinook helicopters, while the deal to buy Apache helicopters is a mixed one. IAF Gets First Apache Helicopter During Ceremony Held at Boeing’s Production Facility in United States’ Arizona; Watch Video.

A part of the deal was signed with the US aviation company and the other half is signed with the US government under foreign military sales route. Meanwhile, in 2017, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government signed another deal with the Boeing to acquire six Apache helicopters for the Indian Army. It will be the first fleet of attack helicopters of the army.

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. The helicopter was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Ken Juster)

 

Captain Amarinder Singh Orders Double Promotion For Kargil War Hero Satpal Singh

Hours after news surfaced that Kargil War hero and Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh was managing traffic as a senior constable in Sangrur district, Punjab Chief Minister on Friday took note of the matter and ordered double promotion for the gallantry award winner. He is now promoted to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI). Satpal joined Punjab police in 2010 after his retirement from the Indian Army’s 8 Sikh Regiment. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.

Satpal Singh Managing Traffic in Sangrur:

 

Capt Singh slammed the then Akali government for ignoring the Kargil War hero’s credentials at the time of his recruitment. The Punjab CM tweeted, “Have promoted Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh of the #KargilWar from senior constable to ASI. He deserves special treatment, which previous @Akali_Dal_govt didn’t deem fit to give him at the time of his recruitment in 2010. This is the least we can do for our brave soldiers.”

Captain Amarinder Singh’s Tweet:

Satpal was posted in Drass sector during Operation Vijay in 1999 and was part of the team that helped the Army capture Tiger Hill. Satpal killed Capt Karnal Sher Khan of the Northern Light Infantry of the Pakistani Army and three others. Capt Sher Khan was later conferred the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest gallantry award on the recommendation of the Indian Army. Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero.

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Meanwhile, India on Friday celebrated the 20th aniiversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. Chiefs of all the the three wings of the Indian Defence Forces – General Bipin Rawat, Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa paid tribute to the martyrs of the Kargil War at War Memorial in Dras.

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil victory, General Bipin Rawat gave a stern warning to Pakistan, saying, “You will get a bloodier nose next time”. President Ram Nath Koind also visited the Kargil War Memorial to pay homage to the war heroes.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter & Indian Express)

IMA Imparts Training to UAE Soldiers to Enhance Defence Cooperation As Part of Indian Army’s Outreach Programme

Spearheading Indian Army’s outreach for increased engagement with the Middle East, in defence cooperation, Indian Military Academy, one of the premier Pre-Commission Training Institutes of the country, shall be imparting  training to the soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The contingent from the UAE, comprising 20 Other Ranks reached IMA, Dehradun on July 17, 2019. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.

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UAE soldiers at IMA (Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

The training which has begun on July 18, 2019 will continue till to August 31, 2019 over a period of seven weeks. This would involve various aspects pertaining to ‘Drill’ which is the bedrock of discipline in the Armed Forces. This kind of military training engagements, with friendly foreign countries, has been facilitated by the Indian Army for a large number of foreign militaries in the past, however, this is the first time that this kind of a training has been organized for the officers and soldiers of UAE at Indian Military Academy. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy.

The interaction between counter parts will go a long way in enhancing the bonhomie that the two countries already enjoy. During 2017 Republic Day parade, UAE had participated for the first time as a leading contingent.

(Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

Garima Abrol, Widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol of Indian Air Force, Clears SSB Interview, Will Join Air Force Academy in January 2020

Garima Abrol, widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol one of the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots who died in a plane crash on February 1, this year in Bengaluru, cleared Services Selection Board (SSB) from AFSB Varanasi in the widow category. Garima will join the Air Force Academy (AFA) in Telangana’s Dundigal in January 2020. After completing training from the AFA, she will be commissioned into the IAF as Flying Officer in 2021. Gauri Mahadik, Widow of Major Prasad Mahadik Of Indian Army to Join Officers’ Training Academy in April.

On February 1, Sqn Ldr Abrol and Sqn Ldr Siddhartha Negi lost their lives after Mirage-2000 trainer aircraft crashed at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru. Sqn Ldr Negi died on the spot, while Sqn Ldr Abrol succumbed to injuries after being taken to the Command hospital. Meet Lt Garima Yadav: A Journey From Beauty Queen To Indian Army Officer.

SSB Crack’s Post:

 

Days after the tragic death of Sqn Ldr Abrol, his brother Sushant Abrol had penned down an emotional poem alleging that corruption in the bureaucracy took his brother’s life. He had also blamed the government for the tragic incident. Lt Sangeeta Mall, Widow of Gorkha Rifles Jawan Joins Indian Army.

Sushant Abrol’s Poem:

Through his poem Sushant had targeted the central leadership for not caring about the lives of soldiers. Garima also shared that poem on her Facebook, after which it went viral on social media.