Indian Air Force's 88th anniversary: Debutant Rafale jet steals show
Indian Air Force Day is commemorated on October 8 every year to mark the foundation day of the Air Force.
This year IAF day is special as the newly-inducted Rafale fighter aircraft featured in the Indian Air Force Day parade. A total 56 aircraft will be there for aerial display and 11 jets on static display. A parade-cum-investiture ceremony was held at the Air Force Station at Hindon air base near Delhi. The newly inducted Rafale exhibited different manoeuvres during the Indian Air Force Day celebrations.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of 88th Indian Air Force (IAF) Day and hailed the role played by the Air Force personnel in not just safeguarding the country but also for playing a major role in humanitarian services during any disaster.
The ongoing process of modernisation with induction of Rafale, Apache and Chinook aircraft will transform the Indian Air Force into an even more formidable strategic force, said the President.
In a tweet in Hindi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Many congratulations to all the brave warriors of the Indian Air Force on Air Force Day. You not only keep the skies of the country safe, but also play a leading role in the service of humanity in times of disaster. Your courage, valour and dedication to protect Maa Bharati is inspiring for everyone."
The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also extended his greetings and best wishes to all air warriors and their families. He expressed his commitment for enhancement of IAF's combat capability through modernisation and indigenisation.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also took to Twitter and wrote, "Greetings on Indian Air Force day! From safeguarding our skies to assisting in all odds, our brave Air Force personnel have served the nation with utmost courage and determination. Modi govt is doing everything possible to keep our mighty air warriors roaring loud in the skies."
(With inputs from IANS)