On the occasion of the Indian air force’s 89th air force day 2021, the three Indian air force units were granted the chief of air staff’s unit citation for their extensive higher altitude operations conducted since April last year. According to the Indian air force, the chief of air staff presents unit citations to the 47 squadrons, the 116 helicopter unit, and the 2200 squadron detachment role of the Indian air force 47 squadrons, which was formed by the Indian air force on the 18th of December 1959 is presently equipped with UPGraded MIG-29 fighters. The squadron has maintained a close eye on any misadventure against the country after participating in the x eastern bridge 5 with the royal oman air force. It also made the first overseas deployment of a MIG-29 UPG aircraft. In May 2020, the squadron was deployed for air defense as well as air-to-ground operations in the northern sector and carried out extensive operations at high altitudes.
The squadron will be awarded for its operations along the Pakistan border, followed by balacot airstrikes and Ladakh standoff contributions from the Indian air force’s 116 helicopter unit formed on the 1st of august 1967. The 116 helicopter unit is equipped with the advanced light helicopter mark iv Rudra. After its preemptive strikes in 2019, after the galwan valley skirmish in June 2020, the 116 helicopter unit was deployed for offensive operations at a high-altitude airfield in the ladder area. The unit quickly established the first-ever high-altitude attack helicopter detachment in the region and executed day and night operations, including air-to-ground weapons delivery at high altitudes. The unit has been deployed in forwarding bases of southwestern air command to counter threats of slow-moving aerial platforms.
It has executed several operations, and the unit is said to achieve major milestones for the Indian aviation industry role of the 2255 squadron of the Indian air force. The squadron was mobilized for air defense activation in Ladakh. In response to the goal 1 standoff in June 2020. The squadron is equipped with osa AKM surface-to-air, guided weapon located in the cashmere area. Since then, the squadron has implemented a number of improvements to ensure the serviceability and dependability of its equipment.
This has enabled it to maintain its operational readiness in harsh climatic conditions, even through the harsh winter of Ladakh. Last year, when border tensions with china reached a peak, the IAF played a key role with frontline fighter aircraft attack helicopters and multi-mission choppers. It projected the capacity to conduct day and night all-weather combat sorties in the sensitive area. As part of India’s broader attempt to strengthen its military posture in the region, the Indian air force has deployed new Rafale fighter jets in the Ladakh sector. The Air Force makes 29 fighter jets, Sukhoi 30s apache AH-64e attack helicopters, and CH-47f chinook multi-mission helicopters among the platforms that have operated in the Ladakh sector.
Indian air force’s C-17 and Globemaster 3 transport aircraft were used to move soldiers, tanks, and infantry. Combat vehicles were transported to the sector, while C130J super Hercules aircraft flew sorties to the advanced landing site in the key door at Daulat beg oldi sector to assist the military’s forward deployments earlier this year. The IAF also airlifted the army’s canine vajra t self-propelled artillery cannons to Ladakh