Five pilots who carried out Balakot Airstrike awarded ‘Air Force Medal’

IAF Mirage 2000
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Balakot Airstrike Pilots Vayu Sena Medal The airmen who destroyed the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot. Wing Commander Amit Ranjan of the Indian Air Force, Squadron Leader Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, BKN Reddy, Shashank Singh have been awarded the Air Force Medal (gallantry) for the bombing of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot, Pakistan.

All these officers of the Indian Air Force are pilots of the Mirage-2000 fighter jet, which bombed the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot city of Pakistan.

Names of pilots who carried out Balakot Airstrike

  1. Wing Commander Amit Ranjan
  2. Squadron Leader Rahul Basoya
  3. Squadron Leader Pankaj Bhujade
  4. Squadron Leader BKN Reddy
  5. Squadron Leader Shashank Singh

The air strike was done by Balakot Air Strike in an attempt to avenge the Pulwama Terror Attack on 14 February 2019 on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.
40 CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack in Pulwama. Immediately after this attack, the terrorist organization Jaish-e-Muhammad, which operates from Pakistan, released a video and claimed responsibility for the attack. In response to this terrorist attack, India killed 170–200 terrorists by dropping a bomb at Jaish’s hideout in Balakot. Many commanders were also piled into it.

The entire plan of the Balakot Airstrike was planned in a highly confidential manner. Only a few people knew about it. After midnight in bad weather, Indian Air Force fighter aircraft flew at very low altitude and entered inside Pakistan and carried out this air strike. The entire operation was successfully completed in a few minutes.

Pakistan’s retaliation failed.
Indian Air Force jawans destroyed the terrorist hideout of Jaish-e-Muhammad in Balakot, Pakistan in the early hours of 26 February. Due to this, on 27 February, Pakistan sent its fighters to attack the military bases of India. It also included American F-16 aircraft. But once again he had to be defeated and Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Current killed the Pakistan Army F-16 from the MiG-21. Abhinandan’s plane also crashed and fell into the Pakistani border. Pakistan had taken them hostage but had to leave safely within 48 hours.

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