IAF 87th anniversary: India gets first Rafale, celebrates Balakot strike

Balakot hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was the star attraction as he flew past in a MiG-21 Bison fighter

Current Affairs:As the Indian Air Force (IAF) commended its 87th commemoration on Tuesday, an unmistakable topic was the tasks of February 26, when Indian warrior flying machine assaulted the Balakot psychological oppressor preparing camp in Pakistan and skirmished with counter-assaulting Pakistan Air Force (PAF) contenders the following morning. Drawing loud acclaim from onlookers at Hindan Air Base outside Delhi was the “vindicator arrangement” in the fly-past, a three-flying machine development driven by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in his MiG-21 Bison contender, flanked by two Mirage 2000 warriors flown by pilots who had besieged Balakot.

Varthaman was shot down and caught by the Pakistani military in that encounter, yet simply in the wake of shooting down a PAF F-16 warrior, as asserted by the IAF.

In the interim in Merignac, France, aviation firm Dassault conveyed to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh the first of 36 Rafale warriors the IAF has purchased for ^7.8 billion. PM Narendra Modi has guaranteed that the result of the elevated encounter in February would have been “something altogether different” had the IAF had Rafales around then.

However, regardless of Singh’s emblematic “acknowledgment” of the first Rafale warrior in Merignac, the IAF is still years from handling Rafales with the full capacity New Delhi has paid for.

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Why Modi govt bought only 36 Rafale jets instead of 126, asks P Chidambaram

The government has compromised national security, said P Chidambaram
P Chidambaram


Senior Congress pioneer P Chidambaram on Friday blamed the legislature for trading off national security and inquired as to why it purchased just 36 Rafale contender flies rather than 126 required by the Air Force.

His remarks come in the wake of crisp disclosures on the Rafale bargain in a media report which asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s choice to however 36 flying machine rather than the 126 requested by the Air Force drove the cost of each stream up by 41.42 percent.

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