Updated 08 October 2020 | 09:35 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the Indian Air Force on its foundation day. PM Modi said the courage, valour, and dedication of its soldiers to protect the country to inspire everyone. PM Modi lauded the force and said its brave soldiers do not only protect Indian skies but also play a leading role in serving humanity during any crisis. On the 88th IAF Day, the Tejas LCA, Jaguar, Mig-29, Mig-21, and Sukhoi-30 aircraft will be part of the parade, besides the newly inducted Rafale fighter jet. The Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the IAF was established in 1932. The IAF will celebrate its 88th anniversary this year. For the updates from Hindon as IAF celebrated the 88th Air Force Day, stay tuned to IndiaToday.in
56 aircraft to feature in Air Force Day flypast
This year, the grand flypast will feature 56 aircraft, including fighters, transport planes, and helicopters. These include:
Tejas LCA, Jaguar, Mig-29, Mig-21, and Sukhoi-30 besides the newly inducted Rafale fighter jet.
IAF’s helicopter fleet will include Mi17V5, ALH Mark-4, Chinook, Mi-35, and Apache. C-17, C-130, Dornier, and DC-3 Dakota are also expected to be part of the flypast at Air Force Day.
Nishan Toli led by Squadron Leader Shivangi Rajawat
This year, the Nishan Toli at the Air Force Day parade in Hindon is being led by Squadron Leader Shivangi Rajawat.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh attend the 88th Air Force Day celebrations.
PM Modi congratulates IAF warriors on Air Force Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian Air Force on its foundation day, saying the courage, valour and dedication of its soldiers to protect the country inspire everyone. In a tweet on the Air Force Day, PM Modi lauded the force and said its brave soldiers do not only protect Indian skies but also play a leading role in serving humanity during any crisis. The prime minister also posted a brief video in which he speaks of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) beginning in 1932 as a force of six pilots and 19 airmen and its rise to become one of the strongest forces in the 21st century.
In a first, Rafale fighter aircraft to feature in Air Force Day parade
The newly inducted Rafale fighter aircraft would feature in the Air Force Day parade today. “Along with other aircraft, the Rafale aircraft will also take part in the Air Force Day parade on October 8,” the IAF official said. In a tweet, the IAF said, “#AFDay2020: Rafale – The Rafale is a 4.5 generation, twin-engine omnirole, air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship and nuclear deterrence fighter aircraft, equipped with a wide range of weapons.” The Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the IAF was established in 1932. The force will celebrate its 88th anniversary this year with the annual parade at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad which includes air display of various aircraft. Five Rafale fighter jets were formally inducted into the IAF on September 10, in a major boost to India’s air power capability at a time when the country is engaged in a tense border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh. The multi-role Rafale jets, built by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are known for air superiority and precision strikes. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore. The second batch of four to five Rafale jets is likely to arrive in India by November.