India - Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistani jet, conferred Vir Chakra
(MENAFN- NewsBytes) Indian Air Force Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday received the Vir Chakra from President Ram Nath Kovind. Vir Chakra is the third-highest wartime Indian military honor after Param Vir Chakra and Maha Chakra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were also present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi for the event. Here are more details on this.
Citation Varthaman displayed 'exceptional air combat acumen'
'Displaying exceptional air combat acumen and knowledge of the enemy's tactics, Wing Commander Varthaman Abhinandan scanned the low altitude airspace with his Airborne Intercept (Al) radar and picked up an enemy aircraft that was flying low to ambush the Indian fighter interceptor aircraft,' the citation for Varthaman's Vir Chakra read. The award for the officer was announced in August 2019.
Details Varthaman had downed Pakistani jet in 2019
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