IAF to recreate Longewala battle scene

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  1. Neil

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    The Indian Air Force will celebrate its victory in the battle of Longewala in 1971 — where its fighter jets destroyed a large number of intruding Pakistani Patton tanks by organising a ceremony on December 5 in which a host of heroes of the war will be felicitated.

    Fighter jets like Mirage 2000, MiGs and attack helicopters like M-17 and an acrobatics team from the Akash Ganga are expected to participate in an air show organised as part of the ceremony. IAF sources said that the celebrations would begin from December 4 but the Longewala celebration will be organised at Air Force Station at Jaislamer near the Longewala battleground. Retired officers like Air Marshal M S Baba and others will share the memories of the war at the event.

    Fighters and helicopter gunships will display their fire-power with the fighters destroying dummy targets showcasing its capability of all round defence. As part of the celebrations, the entire war would be recreated as the Pakistani forces intruded into the Indian territory with Patton tanks and how the IAF destroyed all their armoury before vanquishing the enemy.

    The IAF has enlisted 21 officers and soldiers till date who will be felicitated during the occasion while the Army is also trying to locate the ex-warriors who were the part of the victorious army. Among senior officers, IAF south western AOC-in-C Air Marshal P S Bhangu and Army’s southern command GOC-in-C, Lt Gen Khanna have confirmed their participation. The Pakistani army intruded into the Indian side on December 4 before the full-fledged war started and since then December 16 is commemorated as victory day by the defence ministry.


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