Kargil conflict air strike to be become a film

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Aug 15

Some of the untold facets of the India-Pakistan air battles will quickly grow to be a part of celluloid historical past. Mumbai-based film-maker Kushal Srivastava has introduced a film on the Golden Arrows – the 17th Squadron of the Indian Air Force.

The Golden Arrows, raised in 1952, has a protracted historical past with the crowning glory being the Kargil battle in May-July 1999.

The squadron (now primarily based at Ambala and flying the Rafale jets) was then primarily based at Bathinda and had been known as into Srinagar.

The MiG 21 fleet of the squadron moved out of Bathinda on May 18, 1999 and commenced surveillance and fight air patrols on May 21, 1999. The correct picture reconnaissance missions confirmed the presence of Pakistan-backed intruders on the heights overlooking the Srinagar-Leh freeway. Airstrikes commenced on May 26, 1999 at mountain tops in Kargil, Drass and Mushkoh.

“Our war film is based on the bravery and brotherhood of the entire Golden Arrows,” Srivastava advised the Tribune over the telephone.

The movie is devoted to Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja, who went past the decision of obligation and was awarded the Vir Chakra, the nation’s third highest battle honour.

The Golden Arrows flew the utmost variety of reconnaissance and strike missions. The squadron was awarded the coveted ‘Battle Honours’ for its meritorious efficiency in Kargil code named ‘Operation Safed Sagar’.

This prestigious unit additionally received the utmost variety of honours and awards amongst the Air Force models which participated in Operation Safed Sagar, together with a Vir Chakra which was awarded to Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja posthumously for his gallantry in the course of the battle.

Former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa  (retd), who was Commanding the Golden Arrows in the course of the Kargil conflict, has at all times seen Squadron Leader Ahuja as a real warrior.

On May 27, 1999, Ahuja had veered his jet to search for Flight Lieutenant Okay Nachiketa whose jet was shot down. Ahuja’s jet additionally received shot by the Pakistani’s, he ejected and on the bottom was killed by Pakistan Army. Nachiketa had ejected and brought Prisoner of War. He was returned to India just a few days later.

Last 12 months on May 27, the 20th anniversary of Squadron Leader Ahuja, Air Chief Marshal  Dhanoa paid tribute to him by flying a ‘Missing Man’ formation in a MiG-21.

Srivastava is trying to focus sharply and replicate what the 1990s film ‘Border’ did for 26 Punjab, the battalion led by then Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri which held again Pakistani Army floor assault at Laungewala in Rajasthan.

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