First Anniversary of Balakot Air Strike

Issue: 03-2020

On the first anniversary of Balakot air strike, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), IAF, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, flew a five aircraft mission at Srinagar Air Base along with aircrew from Squadrons that had participated in the operations on February 26 and 27, 2019. The CAS flew a MiG-21 Type 69 aircraft along with the Commanding Officer of 51 Squadron, Gp Capt Kamran Nazeerin, a formation comprising one MiG-21, two Mirage-2000s and two Sukhoi-30 MKIs. On this day, the IAF salutes the spirit, tenacity and sacrifice of its brave Air Warriors and assures the Nation of its unstinted resolve. The IAF stands shoulder to shoulder with other Defence Services in discharge of its sacred duty of defending the nation’s sovereignty and integrity.