October 09, 2020

These 5 things we must know about Indian Air force on Indian Air force Day 8 October

Established on 8th October 1932, the Indian Air force is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. The role of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is to keep Indian air space safe from attacks during conflict situations.

Rafale | Indian Airforce

Indian Air Force stands at 4th position in the list of the strongest airforce in the world. After India got independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the early of World War II. With the Transition of government to Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed, and thus from 1950, it was called as Indian Air Force.

Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh Aulakh was a senior air officer of IAF. He was the first and so far 5-star rank officer of IAF in 2002 January. 

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh is the current Chief of Air Staff in the Indian Air Force.

The Indian Air force is celebrating its 88th anniversary. The day is marked by the main event comprising a parade and flying in a similar pattern at Hindon Air Force Base. On Indian Air Force Day India showcases its aviation airpower. This year it will feature newly included Rafale fighter aircraft in the parade.

India's first operational squadron came into being in April 1933.

Indian Air Force has many aircraft for its various purposes of missions it includes

  • Combat Aircraft

         Combat Aircraft or Warplanes are divided broadly into multirole fighters, bombers, attackers, and electronic welfare. These are used to destroy enemy aircraft. In this Rafale aircraft (Fighter plane)is included which was bought from France and it was landed on 22nd July 2020.
  • Airborne early warning and control systems (AEW&Cs)
         AEW&C system is an airborne radar picket system designed to detect aircraft, ships, and vehicles at long ranges and direct and control the battlespace in the air during conflicts.
  • Reconnaissance 
        Reconnaissance is a military aircraft designed or adapted to perform aerial reconnaissance with roles including a collection of imagery intelligence, signals, bits of intelligence well measured, and signature intelligence.
  • Electronic Warfare 
         It is used for degrading the effectiveness of enemy radar and radio systems by jamming and deception methods in the air space. These aircraft play an important role 
  • Tanker 
         Aerial refueling is also referred to as air refueling in-flight refueling. It is used in the process of air to air refueling. These are mainly used for transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft to another during flight. 
  • Transport
         As known as military cargo aircraft are used to airlift troops, weapons, and may other military equipment to support military operations. Transport aircraft can be used for both tactical and strategic missions.
  • Helicopter 
         It is a kind of rotorcraft during which lift and thrust forces are supplied by horizontally spinning rotors or blades. These can be used in crowded or isolated areas where fixed-wing aircraft cannot perform.
  • Trainer aircraft 
         A trainer is a class of aircraft is designed specifically to facilitate flight training of pilots and aircrews. These are aircraft for trainers with simplified cockpit arrangements.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)  
         An unmanned aerial vehicle is an aircraft without a person's pilot. The components included in it are the ground-based controller and a system of communications between the two.

       So, these are some important things we should remember about the Indian air force. There are many more aircraft in the air force and still, many are to be discovered in the coming years. India is the 4th strongest in airspace in the world and hoping it will become No. 1 in the world in the coming years.

We live in a free country because of our real heroes. Salute to the Indian army.   
Happy Indian Air Force Day

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