Wednesday, November 14, 2007

India Air Force FDC

India FDC
Name: Indian Air Force Platinum Jubilee (1932-2007)
Date of Issue: 08 October 2007

Established under the Indian Air Force Act(XIV of 1932) passed by the Legislative Assembly on 8th October 1932, the Indian Airforce has served the nation in peace and war with 'elan, professionalism and dedication over the past three quarters of a century. It is one of the oldest independent Airforces in the world.

During the Second World War, IAF played a seminal role in beating back the Japanese invasion across the Burma border and the siege of Imphal. The greatest challenge to the small air force, rendered smaller by partition of the country, came in the early hours of 27th October, 1947 when Pakistani raiders were at the gates of Srinagar and it appeared the city would fall. IAF airlifted our brave jawans from Delhi and saved the city and Kashmir. This pattern was repeated again and again in defending Punch, Leh, and later (in 1962) Chushul.

From Kashmir War of 1947 to Kargil in 1999, IAF has its "Blood, sweat and tears" to make Indians proud of their Air Force, dominating the skies and winning the wars in partnership with the army and navy. It has decimated the enemy in the desert, at times all by itself as in Longewala in 1971, and in conjunction with the army as in halting the armoured offensive in Chhamp sector in 1965, and the heights of Kargil in 1999. And it has stood guard to defend the skies day and night, year after year.

500p WAPITI:

The Westland Wapiti formed the nucleus of the Indian Airforce in April 1933 with four aircraft. They were used for escort for convoys, reconnaissance in the North West Frontier Province strafing, anti bombing and anti-submarine roles.The sole surviving Wapiti aircraft is now maintained in the Airforce Museum at Palam.

500p DHRUV:
DHRUV is the first indigenously designed and developed helicopter in India developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.tHE The Dhruv has been showcased by Sarang Helicopter Display team both internationally and domestically apart from performing operational tasks.

500p AWACS:
The Airborne Warning and control System is an aircraft equipped with its sophiscated radar, communication and other electronic equipment to detect and track intruding aircraft(s) which still deep within enemy territory. With the induction of AWACS the long felt need for the country for an "eye in the sky" to ward off any airborne threat will be achieved to a great extent.

1500p IL-78:
IL-78 MK-I Flight Refueller Aircraft is a giant leap in operational capability of the indian Air Force. This force multiplier inducted in IAF three years ago has increased the offensive potential of our air superiority fighters and deep penetration strike aircraft manifold and enabled them to operate their full potential.

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