- India mourns the unfortunate demise of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh. We remember his outstanding service to the nation: PM Modi.
New Delhi: Marshal of Indian Air Force ArjanSingh passes away. He was admitted at Army Hospital R&R after he suffered a heart attack earlier today.
Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, the only officer of the Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank, has died at 98. He was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital in Delhi this morning after he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited him earlier in the day, had said Arjan Singh’s condition was critical. “Went to R&R Hospital to see Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is critically ill. I also met his family members,” the PM had tweeted after visiting Arjan Singh.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three services chiefs also visited the hospital. “He was suspected to have had a massive heart attack in the morning and was brought to this hospital,” Ms Sitharaman had told reporters after the visit.
The Marshal of the Air Force was famous for his role in the 1965 India-Pakistan war. An icon of the Indian military history, the then Chief of Air Staff Arjan Singh had led a young Air Force into the war in 1965 when he was hardly 44 years of age.
With careful planning, unmatched insight and wisdom, Arjan Singh, out-foxed Pakistan Air Force which had top of line US jets as against India’s old Gnats and Vampire fighters. After few initial setbacks, the Indian Air Force out maneuvered and out did the Pakistan Air Force handing India air superiority to the ground forces.