Indian Airforce Day 2022: Indian Air Force (IAF) has been ranked as the fourth largest operational air force in the world. The Indian Air Force employs more than 1,400 aircraft and approximately 1,70,000 personnel. The Indian Air Force has always participated in relief operations during natural disasters in the country, including the Gujarat Cyclone (1998), Tsunami (2004) and floods in North India. During this, the Air Force has also created a world record by rescuing the stranded civilians.
Remember, the Air Force had also done important work in the sudden floods in Uttarakhand. During that time the mission was named ‘Rahat’, in which IAF rescued around 20,000 people. Apart from this, the Air Force has also been an important part of various operations like Operation Poomlai, Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot and so on.
The IAF has also worked with the United Nations in peacekeeping missions. The IAF has also inducted a significant number of women fighter pilots, women sailors and women officers who are rendering their services to their country. Even in the Rafale fleet of the Indian Air Force, there is a woman fighter pilot.
Importance of Indian Air Force
The Indian Air Force protects the territory of India and its national interests from all threats and provides assistance in the event of a natural disaster. The Air Force provides battlefield air support and strategic and tactical air transport capabilities to the Indian Army.
The Indian Air Force has highly skilled crew members and pilots who have the expertise to take swift action to give a befitting reply to the enemy. Apart from this, the Air Force also undertakes search and rescue operations, and transport of relief material to the affected areas by cargo.
LCH ‘Prachanda’ will also show its power for the first time
Apart from Avro, Dornier, Chetak and Cheetah helicopters, 80 aircraft and helicopters including fighter Rafale, Sukhoi-30, Mirage-2000, Jaguar, Cargo will participate in the flypast.
The indigenous Light Combat Helicopter ‘Prachanda’, which was inducted into the fleet on 03 October, will also make the first public display of its might among the three fighter jets. Apart from this, vintage helicopters like Mi-35, Mi-17, Chinook, Apache, Howard and Dakota will also participate.
Fighter aircraft will fly in different formations
All these aircraft will fly in different formations including Galaxy, Ensign, Eklavya, Trishul, Meher, Shamsher, Vajra. In the flypast, the team of Sarang and Suryakiran are ready to fill the sky with their colors.
Nine Sea Hawk-132 jets trained by the Surya Kiran Display Team will join the heavy lift aircraft C-17 in the Globe formation.
Chinook helicopter maneuvers will be worth watching
The joint aerial maneuvers of Rafale, Sukhoi-39 and Tejas in the Transformer formation will be the highlight of the air show.
The performance of the Akash Ganga Skydiving Team of the Air Force, the maneuvering of Chinook helicopter and the underslung operation will also be worth watching.
It is clear from this that the Indian Air Force is continuously increasing its strength and is ready to provide a strong security cover to the country.
The Indian Air Force currently has 31 fighter jet squadrons. There are roughly 18 fighter aircraft in each squadron. It also includes two squadrons of French Rafale and indigenous LCA ‘Tejas’. Indian Air Force currently employs more than 1,400 aircraft and approximately 170,000 personnel.