Some facts to know about the Indian Air Force

Some facts to know about the Indian Air Force
Some facts to know about the Indian Air Force

Some facts to know about the Indian Air Force

      The first major war fought by IAF was not for India, but for the allies who were trying to stop the strong axis power. Indian Air Force, known back then an auxiliary of Royal Air Force of Britain, played a crucial role in WWII by blocking the advancing Japanese army in Burma, in addition to carrying out air strikes against Japan in Thailand. It was during this crucial period that Indian Air Force expanded and acquired new war aircraft.

     We can proudly say that Indian Air Force has so far shot down just one aircraft in its whole history during peacetime. The incident took place a month after the Kargil War when Indian Air Force identified a Pakistan aircraft approaching the international border, and shot down Pakistan Navy’s Naval Air Arm Breguet Atlantique patrol plane, killing all 16 people on board. This is the only incident when the IAF has shot down any aircraft that was not a fighter aircraft and caused casualties other than combat skills.
Some facts to know about the Indian Air Force

    The IAF started off by H. C. Sircar, Subroto Mukerjee, Bhupendra Singh, A. B. Awan and Amarjeet Singh being commissioned as ‘Pilot Officers’. Today Indian Air Force stands as one of the most powerful air forces of the world and has a strength of 127,000 active personnel, more than 1,370 aircraft in active service, including around 700 fighters, 7 aerial refuelling tanker aircrafts, 133 transport aircrafts, 158 trainer aircrafts, 33 attack helicopters, 156 transport helicopters, 155 utility helicopters, about 200 UAVs. The growth of Indian Air Force is amazing without the doubt.

    Indian Airforce was established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire. The prefix Royal was added in 1945 in recognition of its services during World War II. After India achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the Royal Indian Air Force served the Dominion of India, with the prefix “Royal” being dropped when India became a republic in 1950.

   Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon is the only member of the Indian Air Force to have been awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military decoration.
In the Kargil War, the IAF rapidly adapted to the air campaign’s unique operational challenges, which included enemy positions at elevations of 14,000 to 18,000 feet, a stark backdrop of rocks and snow that made for uncommonly difficult visual target acquisition, and a restriction against crossing the Line of Control that forms the border with Pakistan. The IAF code-named its contribution to the campaign Operation Safed Sagar— Hindi for “white sea.”
Some facts to know about the Indian Air Force

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   Indian Airforce Currently Operates 3 Beriev A-50 Phalcon AEW&C (Airborne early warning and control) aircraft, around 700 fighters, 7 aerial refueling tanker aircraft, 133 transport aircraft, 158 trainer aircraft, 33 attack helicopters, 156 transport helicopters, 155 utility helicopters, about 200 UAVs.

   October 8th of every year is celebrated as the Indian Air force Day.
the important factor which many analysts and defense experts believe could have altered the outcome of Indo-Chinese War of 1962 was India’s decision of not using the air force. The Indian Air Force (IAF) was not used for any offensive action and was only confined to air dropping supplies to the troops. Former Air Vice-Marshal A K Tewary, in an article in Indian Defence Review, said that had India pressed in the IAF, the outcome of the war would have been different. He blamed the IB Director BN Mullick for exaggerated assessment of attack by Chinese bombers on Indian cities if India had used the air force.

The Indian Air Force has a Training Command and several training establishments. While technical and other support staff are trained at various Ground Training Schools, the pilots are trained at the Air Force Academy located at Dindigul, The Pilot Training Establishment at Allahabad, the Air Force Administrative College at Coimbatore, The School of Aviation Medicine at Bangalore, the Air Force Technical College, Bangalore at Jalahalli and the Paratrooper’s Training School at Agra are some of the other training establishments of the IAF.

Some facts to know about the Indian Air Force

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