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SEE: IAF shows off its strength at parade

Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
Last updated on: October 08, 2020 15:46 IST
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The grandeur and might of the various types of aircraft in the Indian Air Force were on full display on the occasion of the 88th Air Force Day celebrations on Thursday.

IMAGE: The newly inducted Rafale fighter jet displayed its ability at the celebrations. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

The newly inducted Rafale fighter jet displayed its ability to carry out sharp turns during the flypast at the IAF base in Ghaziabad on the occasion.

 

IMAGE: Rafale fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force fires flares during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

The Rafale flew in the 'Vijay' formation, flanked by two Jaguars and Mirage 2000 each. It also carried out a minimum radius turn within an area smaller than a hockey field forming a figure of eight.

Further, the IAF also showcased its heli-lift capability with two Chinooks carrying a container and a field artillery gun underslung over the parade venue. The tandem-rotor helicopter is one of the most reliable and efficient heavy-lift helicopters around the world.

SEE: IAF jet carries out Vertical Charlie manoeuvre

 

Chinook, with its operating ceiling of 20,000 feet, will redefine heli-lift operations in the country that includes operations like inter-valley transport of troops, airlifting artillery guns and heavy underslung loads for the Border Roads Organisation.

IMAGE: An Indian Air Force paratrooper performs during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

It can also be used to deploy artillery guns at high altitude positions with the China border in the northeast.

SEE: Rafale carries out a minimum radius turn

 

The Eklavya formation, including Apache and Mi-35 attack helicopters, also fired flares as a part of the display of the prowess of the aerial wing of the defence force.

Apart from this, the fighter jet also carried out vertical charlie manoeuvre and formed the 'Trishul' as part of the IAF's anniversary day celebration.

IMAGE: IAF personnel march past during the 88th Air Force Day celebrations. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

Earlier in the day, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria assured the nation that the Indian Air Force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard India's sovereignty and interests in all circumstances.

"I want to assure the nation that the Indian Air Force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard our nation's sovereignty and interests in all circumstances," said Bhadauria at Hindon airbase.

IMAGE: IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria inspects a guard of honour during the 88th Air Force Day celebrations. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

"As we enter the 89th year, the IAF is undergoing a transformational change. We are entering an era which will redefine where we employ aerospace power and conduct integrated multi-domain operations," he added.

Bhadauria further stated that this year has indeed been an unprecedented one. As COVID-19 spread across the globe, our nation's response was firm.

IMAGE: IAF's helicopter display team Sarang performs aerobatic stunts during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

"The tenacity and resolve of our air warriors ensured that IAF continued to retain its capability to undertake full-scale operations throughout this period," said the IAF chief.

IMAGE: Visitors watch as IAF's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas lands after a fly pst during the 88th Air Force Day parade. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

IMAGE: IAFs Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft fires flares during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

IMAGE: IAF's Surya Kiran aerobatics display team performs during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

IMAGE: Tejas fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
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Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
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