Balakot hero Wing Commander Abhinandan promoted as Group Captain
The Indian Air Force has promoted Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for exhibiting his bravery despite being caught by the Pakistan Army after he destroyed terrorist camps in PoK. He was given the rank of Group Captain, an equivalent to the rank of a Colonel.
On February 27 in 2019, during an aerial fight with a Pakistani F-16 aircraft, his fighter was hit by the Pakistan Air Force. He was released by Pakistan following international and India’s pressure. In 2019, the Central government conferred Param Vir Chakra, the third-highest military award, on Abhinandan.