Two Indian Air Pressure pilots of a chopper by accident shot down in a pleasant hearth incident ultimate 12 months in Jammu and Kashmir – squadron leaders Ninad Mandavgane and Siddharth Vashisht – were posthumously awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for bravery. President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday authorized six Shaurya Chakras, 107 Sena Medals and 4 Vayu Sena medals for gallantry forward of the 71st Republic Day, defence officers mentioned.
On February 27, an Israeli-made SPYDER surface-to-air missile of the Indian Air Pressure had by accident introduced down the Mi-17 plane in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam close to Srinagar after the failure of command and regulate. Six Air Pressure officials – two pilots of the chopper and 4 group contributors – and a civilian have been killed within the incident.
The 4 group contributors – Flight Engineer Vishal Kumar Pandey, Sergeant Vikrant Sehrawat, Corporals Deepak Pandey and Pankaj Kumar – were awarded ”Point out-in-Dispatches” posthumously.
The Indian Air Pressure was once on top alert after the February 26 airstrikes that centered a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist coaching camp in Balakot in Pakistan. The chopper was once by accident shot down the following day at a time when Indian and Pakistani fighter jets were engaged in a fierce aerial struggle in Nowshera, about 250 km clear of Srinagar. Visuals confirmed wrecked fuselage of the IAF chopper in flames and a lot of villagers status round it.
Quickly after taking on, Air Pressure Leader Air Leader Marshal RKS Bhadauria had mentioned that the Mi-17 chopper crash was once a “giant mistake” on a part of the Air Pressure. A Court docket of Inquiry arrange via the IAF had discovered two officials responsible within the incident.
On Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind additionally authorized Param Vishist Sena Medal to 6 best Air Pressure officers, together with Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora, the Vice Leader of the IAF. Wing Commander Daler Singh Billin, Wing Commander Rajesh Agarwal have additionally been awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (gallantry).
The President additionally authorized Ati Vishisth Seva Medal to 9 senior officials of the IAF, and Vayu Sena Medal to 29 officials.