Indian Air Force

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces.wikipedia
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Operation Poomalai

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Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai.
Operation Poomalai (Pūmālai, lit. "Flower Garland"), also known as Eagle Mission 4, was the codename assigned to a mission undertaken by the Indian Air Force to air-drop supplies over the besieged town of Jaffna in Sri Lanka on 4 June 1987 in support of Tamil Tigers during the Sri Lankan Civil War.

Arjan Singh

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The rank of Marshal of the Air Force has been conferred by the President of India on one occasion in history, to Arjan Singh.
Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC (15 April 1919 – 16 September 2017) was the senior most Indian Air Force officer who served at various Key positions, namely; Chief of the Air Staff from 1964 to 1969.

Indian Army

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The IAF provides close air support to the Indian Army troops on the battlefield as well as strategic and tactical airlift capabilities.
It is a major component of national power alongside the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.

Vultee A-31 Vengeance

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New aircraft added to the fleet included the US-built Vultee Vengeance, Douglas Dakota, the British Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, and Westland Lysander.
The Vengeance was not used operationally by the United States, but was operated as a front-line aircraft by the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Indian Air Force in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

2013 North India floods

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The IAF provided extensive assistance to relief operations during natural calamities such as the Gujarat cyclone in 1998, the tsunami in 2004, and North India floods in 2013.
The Indian Air Force, the Indian Army, and paramilitary troops evacuated more than 110,000 people from the flood ravaged area.

Cecil Bouchier

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The Indian pilots were led by British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant (later Air Vice Marshal) Cecil Bouchier.
Air Vice Marshal Sir Cecil Arthur Bouchier (14 October 1895 – 15 June 1979) served with the British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Indian Air Force and Royal Air Force from 1915 to 1953.

Pakistan Air Force

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India's air force retained the name of the Royal Indian Air Force, but three of the ten operational squadrons and facilities, located within the borders of Pakistan, were transferred to the Royal Pakistan Air Force.
On 10 April 1959, on the occasion of the Islamic Eid ul-Fitr festival holiday in Pakistan, an Indian Air Force (IAF) English Electric Canberra B(I)58 of No.

1988 Maldives coup d'état

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Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai.
The operation started on the night of 3 November 1988, when Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft of the Indian Air Force airlifted the elements of the 50th Independent Parachute Brigade, commanded by Brig Farukh Bulsara, the 6th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, and, the 17th Parachute Field Regiment from Agra Air Force Station and flew them non-stop over 2,000 kilometres (1,240 mi) to land them over the Malé International Airport on Hulhule Island.

Indian Space Research Organisation

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The Integrated Space Cell is operated by the Indian Armed Forces, the civilian Department of Space, and the Indian Space Research Organisation.
GSAT-7A, an advanced military communications satellite exclusively for the Indian Air Force, is similar to Indian navy's GSAT-7, and GSAT-7A will enhance Network-centric warfare capabilities of the Indian Air Force by interlinking different ground radar stations, ground airbase and Airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft such as Beriev A-50 Phalcon and DRDO AEW&CS.

Battle of Boyra

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Two of the four PAF Sabres were shot down and one damaged by the IAF's Folland Gnats.
The Battle of Boyra, on 22 November 1971, was an aerial interception fought between the Indian Air Force and intruding Pakistani Air Force jets that had crossed into Indian Airspace.

Five-star rank

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On 26 January 2002 Singh became the first and so far, only five-star rank officer of the IAF.
Around 1998, the Indian Air Force introduced gorget patches (or collar tabs) for its air officers.

Folland Gnat

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Two of the four PAF Sabres were shot down and one damaged by the IAF's Folland Gnats. The small and nimble IAF Folland Gnats proved effective against the F-86 Sabres of the PAF earning it the nickname "Sabre Slayers". HAL also started developing an improved version of the Folland Gnat, known as HAL Ajeet.
The Indian Air Force became the largest operator and eventually manufactured the aircraft under licence.

Operation Chengiz Khan

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On 3 December, India formally declared war against Pakistan following massive preemptive strikes by the PAF against Indian Air Force installations in Srinagar, Ambala, Sirsa, Halwara and Jodhpur.
Operation Chengiz Khan was the code name assigned to the preemptive strikes carried out by the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) on the forward airbases and radar installations of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the evening of 3 December 1971, and marked the formal initiation of hostilities of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts

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Since 1950 the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighboring Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China.

East Pakistan Air Operations, 1971

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Within the first two weeks, the IAF had carried out almost 12,000 sorties over East Pakistan and also provided close air support to the advancing Indian Army.
East Pakistan Air Operations covers activity of the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army Aviation units in erstwhile East Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War and the interdiction, air defense, ground support, and logistics missions flown by the Bangladesh Air Force, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy Aviation wing in support of the Indian Army and Mukti Bahini in the eastern theater of the Indo-Pakistani conflict of 1971.

Indo-Pakistani War of 1965

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This came to be known as the Second Kashmir War.
India responded by calling in its air force to blunt the Pakistani attack.

Operation Meghdoot

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Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai.
Preparations for Operation Meghdoot started with the airlift of Indian Army soldiers by the Indian Air Force.

HAL Ajeet

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HAL also started developing an improved version of the Folland Gnat, known as HAL Ajeet.
It was operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) between 1977 and 1991.

Marshal of the air force

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The rank of Marshal of the Air Force has been conferred by the President of India on one occasion in history, to Arjan Singh.

Four-star rank

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The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal, is a four-star officer and is responsible for the bulk of operational command of the Air Force.

HAL HF-24 Marut

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As a result, HAL HF-24 Marut, designed by the famed German aerospace engineer Kurt Tank, were inducted into the air force.
A total of 147 Maruts were manufactured, the majority for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Kargil War

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On 11 May 1999, the Indian Air Force was called in to provide close air support to the Indian Army at the height of the ongoing Kargil conflict with the use of helicopters.
The Indian Air Force's role in acting jointly with Ground troops during the War that was aimed at flushing out Regular and Irregular troops of the Pakistani Army from vacated Indian Positions in the Kargil sector along the Line of Control.

Westland Wapiti

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On 1 April 1933, the IAF commissioned its first squadron, No.1 Squadron, with four Westland Wapiti biplanes and five Indian pilots.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

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To increase its logistics supply and rescue operations ability, the IAF inducted 72 HS 748s which were built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under license from Avro.
Though HAL was not used actively for developing newer models of fighter jets, except for the HF-24 Marut, the company has played a crucial role in modernisation of the Indian Air Force.

Operation Safed Sagar

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The IAF strike was code named Operation Safed Sagar.
Operation Safed Sagar (ऑपरेशन सफेद सागर, lit. "Operation White Sea") was the code name assigned to the Indian Air Force's role in acting jointly with the Ground troops during the Kargil war that was aimed at flushing out Regular and Irregular troops of the Pakistani Army from vacated Indian Positions in the Kargil sector along the Line of Control.