For shooting down a Pakistani aeroplane in 2019, IAF Group Capt Abhinandan Varthaman was awarded the Vir Chakra.

22nd Nov,2021

For shooting down a Pakistani aeroplane in 2019, IAF Group Capt Abhinandan Varthaman was awarded the Vir Chakra.



President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Indian Air Force Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Abhinandan Varthaman the Vir Chakra on Monday (November 22, 2021) for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft in aerial action on February 27, 2019.

President Ram Nath Kovind bestows the Vir Chakra on Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Abhinandan Varthaman for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 jet plane during aerial battle on February 14, 2019.Abhinandan Varthaman was caught in the heart of a vicious combat with a Pakistani fighter jet in 2019, during the aerial confrontations that erupted between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama assault.

On February 27, a day after the Balakot airstrike, Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter plane in aerial battle.

He flew across Pakistan-occupied Kashmir during the process, and his MiG-21 was shot down, forcing him to eject over enemy-controlled territory.Posthumously, the Shaurya Chakra was awarded to Naib Subedar Sombir for killing an A++ category terrorist during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir. President Ram Nath Kovind presents his wife and mother with the honour