IMA POP Spring Term 2022: Passing Out Course Displays Excellence In The Commandant’s Parade

The historic Chetwode Drill Square played host to the Commandant’s Parade for Spring Term 2022 on 09 Jun. The Commandant’s Parade marked the successful culmination of pre-commission training of 377 Indian and 89 Gentleman Cadets from eight friendly foreign countries.

Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Commandant, Indian Military Academy reviewed the Parade and complimented all the Gentleman Cadets for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements, which reflected a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved through their stellar training at IMA. He also commended the efforts by all in facing prevailing challenges while successfully progressing the training without any dilution.

He exhorted that young officers be guided by the ‘Chetwode Credo’ throughout their service, extolling the primacy of the Nation, the Army and the men they lead. It is important to remember that no effort by them would be too small and no sacrifice too great in serving our glorious nation.

The Commandant, IMA in his address to the Cadets said that they will now bear the onerous responsibility to defend the country and defeat our adversary at the cost of their own life and the lives of the men they lead or command. It demands from each one of them, utmost love for the country, exceptional character, a strong sense of honour and duty, self-confidence, competence and courage. Self-confidence is one of the most important qualities of a leader.

It is a manifestation of knowledge, situational awareness, pride and the poise to stay strong and resolute under challenging circumstances. Courage includes both aspects of physical valour as well as courage of conviction. Physical courage should be evident in all their actions in military operations. Moral courage is the wisdom to clearly differentiate between the right and the wrong and imbibe the strength of character to choose the harder right, in any situation. Self-sacrifice is essential to leadership and a prime responsibility of a leader. They must see that the needs of thier men are met first, and make their utmost effort in meeting them.

The General Officer also extended the compliments to the 89 Gentleman Cadets from the friendly foreign countries for having endured the rigorous regimen of training, exhibiting excellent transformation and being fully ready to don the ranks in their respective armies, as most proficient officers. He addressed them specifically while stating that they will return home with happy memories of their stay at IMA and our country. The training that they have received will benefit them in selfless service of their country. The bonds of friendship forged here with fellow Cadets and faculty will further strengthen the bonds of friendship between our nations.

In the end, he encouraged the Gentleman Cadets to put their best foot forward for the final Passing out Parade and wished all the Gentleman Cadets the very best in the years ahead. The Commandant also congratulated the Parents and dear ones of the Passing Out Course for the achievements of their wards.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: GCs Felicitated For Stellar Performance At Indian Military Academy; Bangladesh Trophy Given To Foreign GC JUO Tenzin Namgay, Check Complete List

The awards are a true recognition of the tremendous achievements of the Gentlemen Cadets and acknowledge their pursuit for excellence not only confined to academics but encompassing the whole range of activities that make for a well rounded and balanced training. The Award Ceremony of Spring Term-22 Passing Out Courses comprising 150 Regular Course and 133 Technical Graduate Course was conducted at the Chetwode Hall, IMA on 08 June 2022. Gentleman Cadets were felicitated by Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commandant, Indian Military Academy. He bestowed medals and awards to the outstanding Gentleman Cadets who excelled in various fields during their pre-commission training at the Academy.

The training imparted to the Gentleman Cadets at Indian Military Academy is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of military fundamentals and leadership, as well as proficiency in basic military skills. It aims to develop the qualities of character, intellect, fitness and competence needed by future ready officers, who at all times in their career must be prepared to lead.

The Commandant’s Prize distribution and Award Ceremony is an important event which recognizes and encourages the Gentleman Cadets to achieve excellence at individual level and contribute constructively in team effort to infuse a sense of camaraderie amongst them. Accordingly, Medals and Rolling trophies have been instituted at IMA, which symbolise the highest standards achieved at individual and group level.

On the occasion, the following Gentleman Cadets and Foreign Gentleman Cadets from Friendly Foreign Countries were felicitated: –

Awards List.

S No
Award/ Medal/ Trophy
Awarded For
Awarded To


GC adjudged best in Endurance and Physical Toughness of the POC
GC Ajay Kumar

9 GR Medal
GC standing first in Mil Studies of the POC
GC Himneesh

SIKH Regt Silver Medal
GC adjudged best Sportsman of the POC
SUO Parttik Bahadur Chhetri

DOGRA Regt & SCOUT Wing Medal
GC adjudged best in Obst Competition of the POC
GC Ajay Kumar

GC adjudged best in PT of the POC
ACA Mausam Vats

RAJPUT Regt Silver Medal
GC adjudged best in Academics of the POC
SUO Arvind Singh Chauhan

SIKH LI Silver Medal (General Bhagat Memorial Medal)
GC adjudged best in Turnout and Drill of the POC
CSM Vivek Kumar


Corps of SIGNALS Medal
GC standing first in Science and Warfare of the POC
GC Anirudh Rawat

GC adjudged best in Tactical Ability of the POC
CQMS Kunal Malhan

JAK Rif Medal
GC adjudged second best in Tactical Ability of the POC
BCA Ketan Patial

Brigade of the GUARDS Medal
GC adjudged best in Service Subjects of the POC
AUO Niraj Singh Papola

JAT Regt Silver Medal
GC adjudged best in OQ of the POC
ACA Mausam Vats

5 GR(FF) Medal
GC adjudged best Shot in LMG of the POC
JUO Aman Ahlawat

8 GR Medal “Sam Manekshaw Medal”
GC adjudged best in WT of the POC
GC Rajyavardhan Singh


Grenadiers Trophy
GC adjudged best Shot in INSAS Rif of the POC
GC Rajyavardhan Singh

Motivation Trophy
GC adjudged Most Motivated GC of the POC
BUO Utkarsh Nainwal

Col HH Raja Sir Harindar Singh Brar, Bans Bahadur, KCSI, Raja of Faridkot Trophy
GC Adjudged Best in INSAS LMG
JUO Aman Ahlawat

Maj Shaitan Singh, PVC (Posthumous) Trophy presented by 30thReg Course
GC Adjudged Best in WT
Sgt Divyansh Chand

Deccan Horse Trophy
GC Adjudged Best Rider of POC
JUO JP Dorji

8th Course Re-Union Trophy
GC Adjudged Best in IT
BCA Rituraj Singh

Bangladesh Trophy
Best All Round FGC of the POC
JUO Tenzin Namgay

S No Award/ Medal/ Trophy Awarded For CoyBn
1.KUMAON TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in Inter Coy ChampionshipSangroTh Bn
2.Comdt’s BannerBn Standing overall first in Inter Bn ChampionshipManekshaw Bn



S/ NoAward/ Medal/ Trophy Awarded For Awarded To
1.M & D ClubGC of POC (Both Reg and TGC) adjudged best in M&D Club ActivityBCA Rituraj Singh
2.Journalism ClubGC of POC (Both Reg and TGC ) adjudged best in Journalism Club ActivityGC Aditya Singh
3.AcademicsGC of POC (Both Reg and TGC) standing second in AcademicsBCA Ketan Patial



S NoAward/Medal/ Trophy Awarded For Awarded To CoyBn
1.Sir Alwyn Ezra TrophyCoy Standing First in Weapon TrgCassinoBh Bn
2.The Nawab of Jora TrophyCoy Standing Second in Weapon TrgKerenBh Bn
3.Inter Coy Physical Trg CupCoy Standing Overall First in Physical TrgImphalMa Bn
4.3rd GORKHA Regt TrophyCoy Standing Overall second in Physical TrgSangroTh Bn
5.Burma Army TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in SportsSangroTh Bn
6.Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in SportsImphalMa Bn
7.Admiral Sushil Kumar, AVSM, NM, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in Professional CompetitionSangroTh Bn
8.Central Indian Horse TrophyCoy Standing First in Eqtn CompetitionNausheraCa Bn
9.PBG TrophyCoy Standing Second in Eqtn CompetitionZojilaMa Bn
10.Governor of Uttarakhand TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in AcademicsKohimaCa Bn
11.ADG AE TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in AcademicsPoonchCa Bn
12.DG Sigs Silver Trophy Bn Standing Overall First in Inter Coy IT Competition  Manekshaw Bn
13.Jat Regt TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in Professional CompetitionJessoreMa Bn
14.Army Cdr ARTRAC BannerCoy Standing Overall Second in Inter Coy ChampionshipKerenBh Bn


S No CountryNo of Eligible FGCs for Course Completion Cert / DiplomaGC Earmarked to Receive
Course Completion Certificate
1.Afghanistan43GC Jamal Mosawery
2.Bhutan18GC Phuntsho Tashi
3.Kyrgyzstan1GC Taalaibek Kalabekov
4.Maldives3GC Ali Amir
5.Nepal1GC Samir Kumar Budhathoki
6.Sri Lanka3GC SKV Pabasara
7.Tajikistan19GC Qurbonali Siyovushi
8.Tanzania1GC Fahad Salum Ally

The Commandant in his address mentioned that battlefield today has extended beyond the frontline, the operational spectrum has become complex, and the adversary does not follow rules. Conflicts today are multi-dimensional with fusion of contact and non-contact warfare, networks, information, and cyber warfare waged by state as well as non-state actors. The future would require soldiers to not only have deep understanding of nature of modern warfare but also be adept and trained to operate in a climate of complex battle field environment. He further elaborated that in the military, when the situation gets tough, armed forces rise to the level of expectations of own and their units, organisation, and the country. Therein, the military leaders have to rely on battle drills & quick-decision making to outsmart & outclass the enemy. Leadership therefore remains a key determinant of victory. The young warrior leaders must endear themselves to their soldiers and inspire them towards selfless and brave conduct.

The Commandant commended all for having achieved such high standards despite the constraints and challenges due to the spread of COVID-19. The Commandant wished the course all the success and glory ahead in the various arms and services allotted to them.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: Graduation Ceremony Of Army Cadet College 119th Course Held At Khetarpal Auditorium

The Army Cadet College is an integral wing of the Indian Military Academy. The college was established with the aim to train and induct deserving soldiers into officer cadre. A total of 40 Cadets of the Army Cadet College (ACC) Wing graduated on 03 Jun 2022 and were awarded degree during the presentation ceremony at the Khetarpal cof the Indian Military Academy. These degrees were conferred upon the Cadets by the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commandant, Indian Military Academy. 

The Army Cadet College has a rich history of training select personnel from other ranks of all the three Services who display potential to become officers in the Indian Army. After three years of training at the Army Cadet College, the Cadets of the graduating course will join the Indian Military Academy for one year for their Pre-Commissioning Training. The ACC cadets commissioned as officers have deep prior understanding of a soldier’s life and have done the nation proud through their varied achievements.

Brigadier Shailesh Sati, Commander ACC Wing, in his address, highlighted the commitment & dedication shown by the Cadets of the Graduating course. He also appreciated the Cadets for their all round excellence despite the challenges faced due to COVID restrictions.

The Commandant, Indian Military Academy, in his convocation address, congratulated the Course for successfully completing their three years of rigorous training at the Army Cadet College Wing.

In his address he congratulated the passing out cadets for having crossed this milestone in their professional career after completing three years of rigorous training at the college. He said this graduation today, represents a major milestone in their professional growth and development.

He emphasised upon important aspects of military way of life which includes firstly, the motto of ACC Wing – ‘Duty is SUPREME’ as the guiding principle in honouring the commitment towards Nation. Second, important aspect is “leadership by example” as superiors and the subordinates will judge & follow the conduct of the officer. Then comes the “courage” which includes both aspects of physical valor as well as ‘courage of conviction’ to choose the harder right, come what may and lastly the “positive attitude” which will lead to invent, innovate and institute norms of leadership to achieve organisation goals.

The Award Winners of 119 Army Cadet College Wing Course are as follows:-

COAS Medals.

Gold Medal : CSM Arsh Kumar.

Silver Medal : WCC Abhinash Sharma.

Bronze Medal : WCA Harpreet Singh.

Commandant’s Silver Medals.

First in Service Subjects      : WCA Harpreet Singh.

First in Humanities Stream : CQMS Nishant Sangle.

First in Science Stream : CQMS Sachidanand Tiwari.

On this occasion, Commandant, IMA, also awarded the Commandant’s Banner to the Champion Kargil Company of Army Cadet College. The Banner is awarded to the Company, which excels in various competitions like Sports, Academics, Camps, Debates and Interior Economy. In the end, the Commandant complimented Brigadier Shailesh Sati, Commander Army Cadet College Wing, and his team of instructors, Faculty Members for their diligent efforts in shaping the Cadets into potential officers. He also appreciated the stellar contribution being made by the ACC Wing in ongoing transformational efforts of IMA.

IMA POP Spring Term 2022: Passing Out Parade to be Held on June 11

The Indian Military Academy at Dehradun stands tall amongst its peers across the world. Since its raising in 1932, a total of 61044 Indian Gentleman Cadets(GCs) and  2724 Foreign GCs from 33 friendly foreign countries have been trained and commissioned as proud Army officers from the portals of IMA. With current strength of foreign trainees, almost every fourth GC in the academy is from a foreign military reflecting the stellar international standing of the Academy and its reputed training regime. The academy has been pursuing a visionary transformation of its curriculum, training methodology and infrastructure towards preparing the young military leaders for the complexities of the future battlefield.

IMA is currently preparing for its Spring Term Passing Out Parade which shall witness 377 smart, proficient GCs passing out. This includes 89 foreign trainees from eight countries The ceremonies associated with the Passing Out Parade will commence on 10 Jun 22, with a solemn wreath laying ceremony, where homage will be paid to the brave alumni of this prestigious training academy, 898 of whom have made the supreme sacrifice to uphold the honour of the Nation and protect its Sovereignty, in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

The passing out parade will be held on Saturday, 11 Jun 2022 in the backdrop of the famous Chetwode Building. Band Symphony and Multi Activity Display are also part of the events being showcased during the POP ST-22. The parents & the family members of the Passing Out Gentleman Cadets shall be attending the events and also solemnise the pipping ceremony albeit with strict enforcement of all COVID protocols.

IAF Conducts Test-Firing of BrahMos Missile From Su-30MkI Aircraft on Eastern Seaboard

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday undertook live test-firing of a BrahMos missile from a Su30 MkI. The test-firing was conducted on the Eastern seaboard. The missile achieved a direct hit on the target, a decommissioned Indian Navy ship. The IAF said that the mission was undertaken in close coordination with the Indian Navy.

Last month also, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the successful test-firing of extended range surface to surface Brahmos missile. This test-firing was conducted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also Read: BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Test-Fired From Indian Navy’s Stealth Destroyer INS Chennai

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Recently, reports surfaced that India was developing a new air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The missile would be able to strike enemy targets at more than 800 km. Earlier the missile had a striking range of 300 km after being released from Su-30MKI fighter jet. The IAF has equipped around 40 of its Su-30MKI jets with Brahmos missiles.

BrahMos is a medium-range stealthy ramjet supersonic cruise missile. It is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world and can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

Lt Gen Manoj Pande Appointed As 29th Indian Army Chief

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande has been appointed as the next chief of the Indian Army on Monday. Lt Gen Pande, the 29th Army Chief, will be the first Chief of Army Staff from the Corps of Engineers. He will succeed General Manoj Mukund Naravane. Gen Naravane is scheduled to retire on April 30 after completing 28-month tenure as the Army Chief. Meanwhile, the decision on the vacant Chief of Defence Staff post is still pending. Speculations are rife that Gen Naravane is likely to be the next CDS.

Lt Gen Pande is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers, one of the regiments in the Corps of Engineers in December 1982. During Operation Parakram in the Pallanwala sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Gen Pande commanded an engineer regiment.

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Notably, operation Prakaram was carried out after the terror attack on Parliament in December 2001. During this operation, a large-scale of troops and weapons were mobilised to the western border.

Also Read: Lt Gen Manoj Pande to Take Charge as Eastern Command Chief Succeeding Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on June 1

After the Higher Command Course at the Army War College in Mhow, Lt Gen Pande was appointed Colonel Q at HQ 8 Mountain Division. He was then promoted to the rank of Brigadier and given command of an Engineer brigade as part of a Strike Corps in the western theatre.

Lt Gen Pande also commanded the 52 Infantry Brigade, positioned along the LOC. Pande was selected to attend the prestigious National Defence College. After completing the course, he was appointed Brigadier General Staff Operations (BGS-Ops) at HQ Eastern Command. Lt Gen Pande took command of the 8 Mountain Division after promotion to the rank of Major General.

Lt Gen Pande assumed Andaman and Nicobar Command on June 1, 2022. Last year in June, he took charge of the Eastern Command. Lt Gen Pande was appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff succeeding Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty in January this year.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2021: 367 GCs, Including 68 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise List of Cadets

This Day and Date of December 2021 will go down in the history of IMA as another landmark milestone, where a total of 387 Gentleman Cadets of 149 Regular Course and  132 Technical Graduate Course, including 68 Gentleman Cadets from ten friendly foreign countries successfully passed out from the portals of Indian Military Academy, overcoming all challenges of COVID-19. The solemn ceremony and events of this POP come in the backdrop of the homage and tributes that the academy is paying to its brave alumni Gen Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, first Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier LS Lidder, SM, VSM, along with 11 other departed souls. 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.

This year 2021 also marks the 50th anniversary of victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the 1971 War and the year is being observed as Swarnim Vijay Varsh in Honour of the Indian Soldier who laid down their lives in the line of duty. The Gentleman Cadets displayed inspiring enthusiasm and zeal, and put up an excellent show, marching with perfection to Military tunes of `Col Bogey’, `Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja with pride and élan reflecting in each step. They knew that their parents and loved ones were witnessing each step with great pride and affection including those watching the live coverage on all media platforms across the globe.

Here Is The Complete Passing Out Parade:

It was a matter of rare honour that Shri Ram Nath Kovind, The Honourable President of India, was present as the Reviewing Officer of the Parade. He congratulated the Gentleman Cadets on successful completion of their training at IMA. He also, complimented the Instructors and Gentleman Cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp, synergised drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders.

Here Is The State-Wise List Of Cadets:


The Honourable President of India, complimented the Foreign Gentleman Cadets and said “We cherish the special bond between our Nations, and it is a matter of great pride for India to train such fine officers and gentlemen. I am positive that you shall preserve the unique relationship forged with your colleagues and instructors during your training at IMA”.

The IMA takes pride in its rich legacy and the saga of valour & sacrifice etched by its brave alumni. This premier institution of international repute has in recent past undertaken major transformational initiatives to produce future ready warrior leaders well versed with realities of a technology intensive battlefield and its challenges. Leadership development programme, modern infrastructure supporting blended learning and establishment of innovation lab have been at the core of comprehensive reviews recently progressed to ensure a dynamic training regime.

While addressing the Passing out Course, the Reviewing Officer, exhorted all to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation. He told the Gentlemen Cadets about, the challenges that our great Nation is facing today at the regional and global level. He emphasised that physical and mental toughness alone are not enough to tackle modern day threats of the country, but as military leaders, officers will have to develop a strategic mindset, cultivate an adaptive temperament and acquire the mental resilience essential to hone the skills for military leadership. He exhorted that the advancement in technology has often been driven by military dynamics and that modern day military leader, must embrace this technological drift and understand the seamless synergy required between men and machines.

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

The coveted award of the Sword of Honour was presented to ACA Anmol Gurung.

Gold Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was presented to ACA Anmol Gurung.

Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to BUO Tushar Sapra.

Bronze Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to BCA Ayush Ranjan.

Silver Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to GC Kunal Choubisa.

Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Keren Coy for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Autumn Term 2021.

Bangladesh Medal for the Gentlemen Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to BUO Sangay Phendhen Dorjee (BHUTAN). This medal and the Bangladesh Trophy have been instituted from this term to commemorate the Swarnim Vijay Varsh.

The Passing Out Parade was also witnessed by the Honourable Governor of Uttarakhand and the Honourable Chief Minister. It was earlier preceded by a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Academy War Memorial wherein Lieutenant General Raj Shukla, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal,  Sena Medal, ADC, GOC-in-Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC) along with Commandant and officers of IMA and the Academy Under Officer laid wreaths and offered floral tributes to the 898 gallant alumni who have made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation through the years. All trainees committed themselves to follow the same path of bravery and selfless courage.

IMA POP Autumn Term 2021: President Ram Nath Kovind To Be The Reviewing Officer Of The Parade On December 11; Multi-Display Events To Take Place On Dec 9 & 10

The Passing out Parade (POP) of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) for the autumn term 2021 is scheduled to take place on December 11. This time, President Ram Nath Kovind will be the reviewing officer. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Uttarakhand Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Gurmit Singh and the Uttarkhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will also be present at the event.

Before the main event, the IMA will be showcasing its rich legacy and saga of bravery and sacrifice through a first of its kind spectacular Sound and Light Show. A mega Multi Activity display shall reflect the adventure and thrill of various aspects of the stellar IMA Training. While final events are on December 10 and 11 , prior runs are also being conducted on December 8 and 9 2021 for maximum audience including school children. IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: Multi Display Activity Held at Somnath Stadium of Indian Military Academy (View Pics and Videos).

Earlier on Tuesday, the Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor’s (DC&CI) parade was conducted on 07 Dec 2021 at the historic Chetwode drill square, wherein 319 Indian and 68 Foreign Gentleman Cadets displayed their immaculate turnout and precision marching. This marks preparation for the grand finale. The Parade was reviewed by Maj Gen Alok Joshi, Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor of the Indian Military Academy. He complimented the Gentleman cadets and encouraged them to be the finest officers of Indian Army.

IAF Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman Conferred Vir Chakra For Shooting Down Pakistan’s F-16 Fighter Jet

Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet in February 2019, was awarded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. The Defence Investiture Ceremony was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday, November 22. Notably, the Vir Chakra is the third-highest Indian military honour during wartime.

Then Wing Commander, Abhinandan shot down 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. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Flies Joint Sortie With IAF Chief BS Dhanoa From Pathankot Airbase.

Here Is The Video Of Group Captain Abhinandan Receiving Vir Chakra:

In August 2019, the Vir Chakra to Abhinandan had been announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were also present at the ceremony. President Kovind, conferred two Kirti Chakras, including one posthumous, one Vir Chakra and 10 Shaurya Chakras, including two posthumous, to the personnel of Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces during Defence Investiture Ceremony

The Gallantry awards were given to the personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty. The President also conferred 13 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals for distinguished service of exceptional order.

India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Agni-5

India on Wednesday successfully test a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni-5. The missile was launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha at 7:50 pm on October 27. The missile uses a three-stage solid fuelled engine. Agni-5 is an Indian nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’, said the Ministry of Defence. The missile was first test-fired in in 2012 from Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast. Till now, eight tests have been conducted so far. India test-fired the missile amid standoff with China in the Eastern Ladakh sector. India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Named INS Vikrant Sets For Sea Trials.

Here Is The Video Of India Test-Firing Agni-5 Missile:

The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile can strike targets up to 5,000 km away. The missile will allow India to strike targets across Asia and into Europe. Till now, the longest range missile India had was Agni-III, with a range of 3000–3500 km.

In June this year, India had successfully test-fired Agni Prime (Agni-P) missile. It is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with a range capability between 1000 and 2000 Km.