To mark its demise of the F-16 of Pakistan, the MiG-21 Bison squad of Abhinandan Varthaman obtains new patches
NEW DELHI: MiG-21 Bison Squadron Commanded By Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Has New Patches Made With" Falcon Slayers" And" AMRAAM Dodgers" Embossed To Mark His Demolition Of The Pakistanis During The Aerial Skirmish On February 27, A Day After Aerial Attacks Before Dawn On The JeM Installation Of Terror In.
Patches Or Badges On The Shoulders And Chest, Which Pilots Use On Flying Monkeys To Show Achievements Of Their Squadron, But Which Are Not Part Of The Official Uniforms, Have Not Been Approved By The IAF's Top Authorities.
" The Bit Of Falcon Slayers" Is OK Because The MiG-21 Flown By Varthaman (which Has Now Been Shipped To Another Air Base In Rajasthan) Shot Down An F-16 With An Air-to-air Missile R-73 Before Its Hunt. It Was Also Knocked Down That Day. It Was Really Solvent," An Officer Said.
" But The Part Of The 'AMRAAM Dodgers' Has Not Fallen Well. It Could Have Been 'AMRAAM Defrauders' Or Something More. The Patches Will Have To Be Worked On Again," He Added. Incidentally, All Squads Have Special Patches Made To Commemorate Their Exploits, As Well As To Instill Pride In The Current And Future Generation Of Pilots. Squadron No. 22 Of The IAF, For Example, Received The Nickname Of" Know Slayers" After Their Gnats Shot Down The Pakistani Saudis During The 1971 War.
During The Air Skirmish On February 27, The Oldest MiG-21s Of Russian Origin From Squadron No. 51 In Srinagar Led The Battle To The Much Advanced Advanced Pakistani F-16s, Armed With Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles AIM-120C (AMRAAMs), And Frustrated His Attack. The MiG-21, Of Course, Were Backed Up By Sukhoi-30MKIs Scrambled From Another Base During The Virtual Dogfight.
The Young Pilots Of Gung-ho MiG-21 Are Obviously Proud. The Squadron Patch No. 51 Shows A MiG-21 In The Foreground, With An F-16 On The Cross In The Background. Sukhoi-30MKI Squadron Also Has The Nickname" AMRAAM Dodgers" On Their New Patches, Showing Their Fighters Successfully Avoiding AMRAAM Missiles Fired By The F-16." Both Squads Will Now Have To Order Redesigned Patches," Said Another Official.
Pakistan, Of Course, Has Denied Losing Any F-16 During Dogfights. But The IAF Says It Has Credible Evidence In The Form Of" Electronic Signatures" Captured By A Plane Phaccon India AWACs And Ground Radar Stations, Which Show The Flicker Of An F-16 Suddenly Disappearing From The Screens, To The Transmissions Of Radio Intercepted Between Pak's Army. Units And" Physical Sightings" Of Two Parachutes That Go Down Through LoC To Support Their Declaration.