August 20, 2019 | 6:26 PM IST
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IAF commemorates Balakot air strikes win with special badges

Indian Air Force’s No 51 Squadron and Sukhoi-3- squadron have introduced new badges of honour commemoration of the shooting down of Pakistani Air Force’s F-16 fighter jet post successful Balakot air strikes on Feb 27.

The MiG-21 squadron No 51, of which Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman was the pilot, and Sukhoi-3- squadron that also blunted the Pakistani air attack and successfully evaded the American Production AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles of the PAF F-16s have named themselves the ‘AMRAAM Dodger’ in the badges.

Varthaman has been officially transferred to Squadron (Panthers) No 23, which is equipped with MiG-21 Bison, based at Suratgarh Air Force Station. However, while the credit of bringing down F-16 will be credited to Varthaman, the honour of the “kill” will be credited to his previous base Squadron No 51, says a report.
Similarly, the pilots of Su-30MKI Squadron that survived 4-5 AMRAAMs fired by Pakistan’s F-16 will be seen with AMRAAM badges. The IAF dodged the missiles on February 27 early morning when around 24 Pakistan fighter jets charged India.

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