Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman was awarded the Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet.

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The awarding of the Vir Chakra to Abhinandan Varthaman was announced in August 2019, and Now, he is awarded by the President today in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman , who shot down a Pakistan F-16 fighter jet in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror incident in February 2019, was given the Vir Chakra on Monday at Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Ram Nath Kovind. After the Param Vir Chakra and the Maha Chakra, the Vir Chakra is India’s third-highest military honor during battle.

Abhinandan Varthaman, a wing commander, was apprehended by the Pakistani Army on February 27, 2019, after his MiG-21 Bison fighter was shot down during aerial combat with Pakistani jets.

Pakistan released Abhinandan on the night of March 1 after he was caught. He was injured when ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison during the aerial conflict. Before his plane was shot down, he shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter.
According to his citation, Wing Commander Varthaman Abhinandan monitored the low altitude airspace with his Airborne Intercept (Al) radar and picked up an enemy aircraft flying low to ambush the Indian fighter-interceptor aircraft for the Vir Chakra.
This was in response to detecting a significant number of Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft, including advanced fourth-generation F-16 and JF-17 aircraft, headed toward the LoC at 9:55 a.m. on February 27.


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