90th Air Force Day: Here is what to expect

The official induction of the Indian Air Component as a supporting force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom in 1932 is commemorated as Air Force Day. The chief of the Indian Air Force and senior officers attend each year’s celebration of the day.

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The official induction of the Indian Air Component as a supporting force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom in 1932 is commemorated as Air Force Day. The chief of the Indian Air Force and senior officers attend each year’s celebration of the day.

The Air Force day is usually held at the Hindon Air Force Station (AFS) near Delhi, however, this time it is being held at Chandigarh AFS.

An hour-long display of the Air Force’s aircraft will take place over Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake with 80 taking to the skies.

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IAF Day this year has atmanirbharta, or indigenization, as its theme. IAF Day will highlight a number of made-in-India platforms, including the recently inducted Prachand Light Combat Helicopters, which entered service last week.

According to organisers, an ALH Mk IV helicopter would pass by in Rudra formation during the parade. The mechanical transport team will do a quick vehicle disassembly and assembly display at the event, which will be followed by an air warrior drill team performance.

A three-aircraft formation of the recently inducted indigenously designed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) “Prachand” will display its aerial ability during the fly-past.

Along with LCH “Prachand,” other aircraft taking part in the fly-past include the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Sukhoi, Mig-29, Jaguar, Rafale, IL-76, C-130J, and Hawk.

‘Aakash Ganga’, a  team of paratroopers in an AN-32 aircraft will lead off the fly-past. A “Bambi bucket” firefighting operation will be carried out by Mi 17 V5 helicopters, while helo casting will be done by Mi 17 IV helicopters.

The Bhim formation will be carried out by US-made Chinook helicopters, which are intended to ferry soldiers, artillery, and other supplies.

In “Sekhon” configuration, Rafale, Jaguar, Tejas, and Mirage 2000 will fly. The late Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, an IAF officer and recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, is honoured with this creation.

After the entrance of the chief guest, President Murmu, the crowd will be mesmerised by the “Ensign” formation, which consists of three Mi-17 V5 helicopters.

A C-17 heavy load plane and nine Hawk-132 jets trained from the Surya Kiran exhibition will make up the Globe formation.

A Mi-35 will be in the lead of the Eklavya formation, which will include two Apache and ALH Mk IV helicopters. The “Big Boy” formation will be made up of an IL-76 and two AN-32 aircraft.

The Harvard and Dakota vintage IAF aircraft will also participate in the air display. Additionally, the Surya Kiran team of nine Hawks and the Sarang helicopter show team of four Dhruvs will take the stage.

Along this a “Vajraang: formation will be displayed, comprising a C-130 Hercules and Su30s. A Netra formation will be shown, which consists of an Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) named Netra which will be flanked by Su30s and Mig29s.

Additionally, a new combat uniform was unveiled by the chief guest, Air Chief Marshall VR Chaudhary, Chief of the Air Staff, reviewed the parade and made the announcement that a new operational branch of the Air Force had been established.