Here are some of the facts about IAF and Indian Navy that normal people don’t know about :
- Logistics of INS Vikramaditya :
With over 1,600 personnel on board, Vikramaditya is literally a ‘Floating City’. Associated with this large population is a mammoth logistics requirement – nearly a lakh of eggs, 20,000 litres of milk and 16 tonnes of rice per month. With her complete stock of provisions, she is capable of sustaining herself at sea for a period of about 45 days. With a capacity of over 8,000 tonnes of LSHSD, she is capable of operations up to a range of over 7,000 nautical miles or 13000 kms.
2. Navy Day
Navy Day does not commemorate the day the Indian Navy was founded. Rather, it is the day the Indian Navy successfully executed Operation Trident, an attack on Pakistani Naval Headquarters in Karachi.
3. Indian Navy sent a submariner on an expedition to Everest:
Indian Navy was the first navy to send a submariner on an expedition to Everest . Indian Navy has successfully completed an expeditionto the North Pole and the South Pole.
Indian Navy uses a multi-brand communication satellite called GSAT – 7.
It helps Indian Navy to acquire the blue water capabilities, which means an oceangoing fleet is able to operate on the high seas far from its nation’s homeports.
5. Sagar Pawan
There are only two naval aerobatic teams in the world and one of them is of Indian navy. It is known as Saagar Pawan.
6. Largest naval academy in Asia
The Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala is the largest naval academy in Asia.
7. Pilots uses performance-increasing pills
IAF pilots use ‘Go/No-Go’ pills as these “authorized” pills boost alertness levels and cognitive powers as well as fight fatigue and sleep deprivation during round-the-clock combat exercises as well as long-range sorties designed to hone war-fighting skills.
8. Only Pilot to be awarded Param Vir Chakra
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon is the only IAF pilot to be awarded with Param Vir Chakra when he lonely defended Sri Nagar Air Base against PAF raid in 1971
9. IAF forced an army surrender-
The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governor’s House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
At 11 am on December 14, 1971, a detachment of four MiG-21 FL fighters spotted the Governor’s House. After circling around it once, they went in for their strafing runs, targeting the massive central dome with rockets and bombs. The Governor became so fear stricken that he promptly resigned and took shelter in the UN’s air raid shelter.
AFNET or Air Force Net is a fibre optic-based network on which the Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) of the IAF rides. AFNet incorporates the latest traffic transportation technology in form of IP packets over the network using MPLS . A large VoIP layer with stringent quality of service enforcement will facilitate robust, high quality voice, video and conferencing solutions. This increases the net-centric capability of IAF.