Vir Chakra: News

22 Nov 2021

Narendra Modi

Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistani jet, conferred Vir Chakra

Indian Air Force Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday received the Vir Chakra from President Ram Nath Kovind.

25 Jan 2021


Galwan hero could be posthumously awarded Mahavir Chakra on R-Day

Colonel Santosh Babu, who was martyred in Galwan Valley clash last June along with 19 others, will most likely be awarded the Mahavir Chakra posthumously on Republic Day.

25 Jan 2020


Republic Day 2020: Things to know about 71st Republic Day

Every year, India celebrates Republic Day on January 26.

06 Oct 2019

Pakistan News

Abhinandan's 51 Squadron to get citation for downing Pakistan's F-16

The Chief of Indian Air Force, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, will award a unit citation to 51 Squadron, to which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman belonged.

02 Sep 2019

Pakistan News

Abhinandan Varthaman flies with IAF Chief: Details here

Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who brought down an F-16 of Pakistan in February, flew with IAF Chief BS Dhanoa from the Pathankot airbase for some 30 minutes on Monday.

22 Aug 2019

Pakistan News

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman back in cockpit, starts flying MiG-21

Six months ago, Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman sustained grave injuries during an aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani forces.

15 Aug 2019


Pakistan to confer pilot who downed Abhinandan Varthaman's jet

Pakistan has decided to award its pilot who brought down an Indian Air Force jet during February's aerial combat.

14 Aug 2019

Pakistan News

Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence Day

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who scripted history in February by shooting an F-16 aircraft of Pakistan while flying a MiG-21 Bison, will be awarded the Vir Chakra on Independence Day, Thursday.

09 Aug 2019


IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman declared fit, to resume flying soon

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by the Pakistan Army in February, is set to resume flying soon.

If Abhinandan hadn't returned, Pakistan would have faced consequences: Modi

Addressing a rally at Patan in his home state Gujarat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if they hadn't released Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

21 Apr 2019

Indian Air Force

IAF recommends Abhinandan Varthaman for Vir Chakra for downing F-16

The Indian Air Force has recommended Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for Vir Chakra, the third highest gallantry award in the military during the war, for downing an F-16 in a dogfight in February.

05 Nov 2018

Indian Navy

1971 war hero passes away, Defense Minister pays tribute

Vice Admiral (retd) Manohar Prahlad Awati, a Vir Chakra awardee and a veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, died of old-age yesterday at Vinchurni village in Satara district, Maharashtra.

05 Nov 2018


Iconic Indian Navy figure, Vice Admiral MP Awati, passes away

Vice Admiral (retired) Manohar Prahlad Awati, popularly known as the father of the Indian Navy's circumnavigational adventures, passed away at the age of 91 years, early on Sunday at his native village of Vinchurni in Maharashtra.