Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter plane the day after the Balakot airstrike, was awarded the ‘Vir Chakra’ today. President Ram Nath Kovind honoured him with this honour. At the time of Balakot Airstrike, Abhinandan was the Wing Commander in the Air Force, and he shot down Pakistan’s F-16.
Captain Abhinandan Varthaman shot down Pakistan’s plane with MiG.
On February 14 2019, Pakistan’s terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad carried out a fidayeen attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama. 40 Indian soldiers were martyred in this attack. To give a befitting reply to this attack, the Indian Air Force did an airstrike in Balakot, Pakistan, on the night of 26-27 February. In this airstrike by India, more than 300 terrorists sitting in Pakistan were killed.
On February 27, the day after the airstrike, Pakistan’s Air Force tried to enter India but was driven away by the Indian Air Force. The then Wing Commander Abhinandan was currently flying the MiG-21 at that time. He shot down Pakistan’s F-16 from the same plane. However, later Abhinandan’s plane crashed on the border of Pakistan, after which the Pakistani army took him captive. Under pressure from India, Pakistan had released Abhinandan after about 60 hours.
Abhinandan shot down an F-16 from a MiG-21. Due to this, he was praised all over the world. The reason for this was that the F-16 was a very advanced fighter aircraft, which America made. At the same time, the MiG-21 was a 60-year-old Russian-made aircraft. India bought the MiG-21 from Russia in the 1970s.