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Kargil War 1999

Early in May 1999, the Indian Army discovered large scale infilitration by Pakistani soldiers across the LOC in the Indian territory in the desolate Kargil sector. The operations to evict the mountain tops of the Pakistani army has now etched itself in living memory as 'Operation Vijay'. The Indian Air Force provided Battlefield close support , logistical supply and Casuality evacuation along with the Army Aviation Units. Three Officers and two airmen made the ultimate sacrifice. For its role in the ops, the IAF was awarded two Vir Chakras and 23 Vayusena Medals.

Summer of 1999 : View from 5th Floor Air HQ

Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd) was the Staff Officer to Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis, CAS during the Kargil Operations. He shares his unique experiences of the events that unfolded into the sharp and decisive acts undertaken by the Indian Air Force in the Kargil fighting of 1999.

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The Mirage 2000 in Kargil

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The Atlantique Shoot Down

On 10 Aug 99 at 10:51 hrs IST an IAF ground radar picked up an aircraft track inside Sind region of Pakistan near Badin, approaching the Indo-Pakistan international border (IB) on a South-Easterly course. The track was moving at a speed of 370 kmph maintaining a height of 3000-3500 feet.

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Missile Strike!!

The first act of Gallantry in the IAF's operations during Kargil went unrecognised for nearly seven years. This is the story of the Canberra that was struck by a Stinger missile during the early days of the operations.

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Nubra Formation

Nubra Formation was the first formation that flew into action against the intruders during the Kargil Operations. They also paid the highest price, losing four air warriors..

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Engine Flame Out!

Then Flight Lieutenant K Nachiketa who was the only POW of the Kargil war, narrates his experiences briefly, 

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IAF Awards for the Kargil Conflict

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Operation Safed Sagar

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The Invisible Heroes

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Kargil - 10 Years After

Air Marshal Narayan Menon (Retd), PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, writes about the Kargil Operations which were undertaken during his tenure as the Air Officer Commanding, J&K.

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Order of Battle and Unit Honours

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