Balakot hero Abhinandan Varthaman will get the honor of Vir Chakra today, Pak fighter jet was demolished
Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Abhinandan Varthaman will be awarded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet during aerial combat on February 27, 2019.
Vardhaman was engaged in a fight with a Pakistani fighter jet in aerial skirmishes between the Indian and Pakistani Air Forces after the Pulwama attack. He was promoted to the rank of Group Captain on November 3, 2021.
Vardhaman's MiG-21 fighter jet was shot down after the F-16 was shot down and was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army after they landed in the area.
International interference in the matter as well as widespread pressure from the Indian side forced the Pakistani army to release him.
Besides Varthaman, who is one of the most celebrated officers of the Indian Air Force in recent times, Sapper Prakash Jadhav was awarded the Kirti Chakra (posthumously), the second-highest peacetime gallantry award for neutralizing terrorists in an operation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal will be awarded the Shaurya Chakra (posthumously) for his role in an operation that resulted in the killing of five terrorists. Naib Subedar Sombir will also receive the Shaurya Chakra posthumously for killing an A++ category terrorist during an anti-terrorist operation in Jammu and Kashmir.