Before the 73rd Independence Day, the government announced gallantry awards for the airmen who carried out the air strike in Balakot. The next day of the air strike, Wing Commander Abhinandan Current, which shot down Pakistan’s F-16 aircraft, will be awarded the Veer Chakra.

In addition, five pilots who demolished the hideouts of terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed will receive ‘Air Force Medal’. Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal, who assumed the responsibility of fighter controller during the infiltration of Pak planes into Kashmir, will be given the War Service Medal.

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