The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday observed 87th anniversary of the Indian Air Force, while Pakistani social media was flooded with pictures, posts, facts and videos about the IAF’s dilapidated condition, pushing the hashtag #RunAwayForce_IAF to summit in the country.
In India, air show was held at Air Force Station Hindon, Ghaziabad, to mark this day. The vintage aircraft, modern transport aircraft, and frontline fighter aircraft presented aerobatic performances.
While, in Pakistan, trollers have started posting the facts about Indian Air Force’s cowardliness and failures.
The capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was exposed in February this year when it locked horns with its Pakistani counterpart and lost its two fighter jets and got arrested Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan.
The poor state of the IAF in comparison to its Pakistani counterparts was admitted by a 35-member Indian parliamentary committee on defence in 2015. The parliamentary body had raised concerns on acute shortage of pilots and aircrafts.
A report of the committee had noted that “even the slight edge over rival neighboring nations would be lost if complacency remains”. According to the committee the Indian IAF officials rued that the number of active fighter squadrons was (35) seven short of the sanctioned strength of 42, and it could further decline in coming years.
“With regard to this, representatives of air force deposed before the committee that a drawdown has already begun and, by 2022, air force will have around just 25 squadrons, thereby losing even the slight edge over rival neighboring nation,” the Diplomat quoted the committee as saying.