In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, Major General Gagan Deep Bakshi spoke about the IAF celebrating its 87th Air Force Day. On this day, the IAF is celebrating its anniversary in a mega event at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, UP. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the birth of the Indian Air Force (IAF) which was founded on October 8, 1932. When questioned about why the 87th anniversary is so special, Bakshi stated one of the reasons why the event is so important is because the force has come back in action after a 'hiatus'.
‘’You know, I think what makes this year so special is that the air force has gone into action once again after a long hiatus. After the 1971 war, you know our aircraft have flown into enemy airspace and knocked the daylights out of the terrorist training camps in Balakot. You know air power is the sine qua non of victory. Without the airpower, nothing can happen, either on the sea or on the ground. We need to dominate the skies and our air force has been doing just that,” Major Bakshi said in a statement.
The Balakot strikes conducted by the IAF was on February 26, 2019. The air force crossed the borders in the disputed region of Kashmir and dropped bombs on the vicinity of the town of Balakot. This happened as a response to the incident of 46 Central Reserve Police Force and personnel deaths after the convoy of vehicles was attacked on February 14, 2019. The perpetrator of the crime was from the India-administrated Kashmir, who also died in the attack.
The IAF will have an air display with the flag bearing skydivers of the famous Akash Ganga team dropping out of an AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies, according to an Air Force official. The flypast would have vintage and modern transport aircraft and frontline fighters, the official added. Every year, this day is celebrated at Hindon base in presence of the IAF Chief and senior officials of the three armed forces. For the first time, the Indian Air Force will also be showcasing its Chinook and Apache helicopters.