New Delhi: The Indian Air Force is celebrating its 85th Air Force Day with a large parade. A series of air displays will be organised at the Hindon air base near Delhi. IAF fighter jets shows off a display during a rehearsal for the 85th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad.
IAF’s popular Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) performs during the rehearsal. The SKAT belong to the No. 52 Squadron which was initially established on 1 January 1986. The team’s primary role was air defence, while its secondary role was ground attack.Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Air Force, sending best wishes to the air warriors and their families on the occasion.
“On Air Force Day, best wishes to our courageous air warriors and their families. Their determination and prowess ensure that our skies are safe,” PM Modi tweeted.
On Air Force Day, best wishes to our courageous air warriors & their families. Their determination & prowess ensure that our skies are safe. pic.twitter.com/rK6I9JfHLJ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2017
President Ram Nath Kovind too extended his greetings to India’s air warriors on the occasion.
IAF’s Dhruv helicopters of the Sarang team perform a death-defying maneuver as they rehearse for the parade.
On Air Force Day, I salute the valour, commitment & dedication of our brave air warriors. They safeguard our skies #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 8, 2017
Indian Air Force personnel perform a drill with rifles during the rehearsal programme, for the 85th Air Force Day parade.Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III (C) and SU-30, planes fly during a rehearsal for the 85th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad.Members of Akash Ganga team display their skill. Akash Ganga is IAF’s 14- member Sky diving team. It originated in the early 1970s when defence personnel tried to hone their aerial assault techniques for wartime operations. The practice later evolved into a peace time adventure sports and in 1987 the IAF launched Akash Ganga at the Air Force Station in Agra.The day is being observed in the shadow of the helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday that killed seven military personnel on board. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa is likely to refer to this loss when he addresses his air warriors later this morning. The Mi-17 V5 chopper was on an air maintenance mission at an altitude of 17,000 feet when it crashed, according to the Air Force. The helicopter was flying to Yangtse to drop off kerosene jerry cans at an Army camp. Those who died included to a Wing Commander and a Squadron Leader.
Air Force chief BS Dhanoa had on Thursday said his forces are prepared to effectively counter any threat from China while confronting a two-front war also involving Pakistan. Referring to the Doklam standoff, the Air chief said Chinese forces are still present in Tibet’s Chumbi Valley and have not withdrawn completely.
On Saturday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the Jamnagar Air Force Station and took first hand information about the role and nature of operations undertaken by the Indian Air Force at the air base.