Three Indian Air Force units received “unity citation” from the Chief of the Air Staff on Friday for their role in strengthening India’s military position in the east Ladakh after a border line broke with China last year, officials familiar with development said on Friday.
These units are the 47th Squadron equipped with improved MiG-29 fighters, the 116th helicopter unit composed of an advanced light helicopter Mark IV (ALH Mk IV) Rudra and the 2255th Det Squadron which operates the OSA-ground-to-air weapon. AK-M. , officials said. It is customary for the IAF to announce “unit citations” on IAF day (October 8).
In a speech on Air Force Day, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said the past year had been “quite difficult but extremely rewarding.” “The swift actions in response to the developments in eastern Ladakh are a testament to the combat readiness of the Indian Air Force. Our efforts to complete all Covid-related tasks have also been a major achievement in support of national efforts. “
India and China have been stuck in a border deadlock for 17 months, and the two sides are negotiating to reduce tensions.
“In May 2020, the 47 Squadron was deployed for air defense as well as air-to-ground operations in Sector North, and conducted extensive high-altitude operations,” one of the quotes said.
After the February 2019 Balakot airstrikes by the IAF, the MiG-29 squadron was deployed in an air defense role and carried out numerous flights to ensure there was no mishap from the Pakistan.
After the Galwan Valley skirmish in June 2020, helicopter unit 116 was deployed for offensive operations at a high altitude airfield in the Ladakh region. “The unit quickly established the very first high altitude attack helicopter detachment in the area and carried out day and night operations, including the delivery of air-to-ground weapons at high altitude,” he said. stated another quote. A trust deficit persists between the Indian and Chinese armies after their soldiers were implicated in the brutal clash along the contested LAC. The Galwan Valley clash of June 15, 2020 was the first deadly skirmish between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC in more than five decades, and it pushed bilateral relations to a breaking point – it left 20 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed number of Chinese troops dead.
2255 Squadron Det was mobilized for the activation of air defense in Ladakh following the Galwan Valley skirmish.
“Since then, the squadron has undertaken various innovations to maintain the serviceability and reliability of its equipment. This allowed it to maintain its operational readiness in difficult climatic conditions, ”said a third quote.
The IAF played a pivotal role when border tensions with China peaked last year.