Balakot Hero Group Capt Abhinandan Varthaman Conferred Vir Chakra

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Published: November 22,2021 01:09 PM
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Abhinandan is credited to have been the only Mig-21 pilot ever to have shot down an F-16. He was promoted to Group Captain Rank.

November 22, 2021: Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman was honoured with the Vir Chakra on Monday, November 22, by President Ram Nath Kovind at an investiture ceremony.



He shot down an F-16 fighter aircraft over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir during India's Balakot air strike but was taken captive by the Pakistan Army after his plane was shot down by enemy forces in February, 2019. Abhinandan was a Wing Commander back then.



Abhinandan is credited to have been the only Mig-21 pilot ever to have shot down an F-16. He was promoted to Group Captain Rank.



Abhinandan’s unit 51 Squadron also received a unit citation for its role in thwarting the Pakistan Air Force’s aerial attack on February 27, 2019. India had carried out the strikes in response to a Jaish-e-Mohammed attack on a CRPF convoy.