Res­ur­rec­tion of No.18 Squadron, IAF

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In face of con­tin­ued de­ple­tion of the IAF’s front­line com­bat squadrons, the dwin­dling num­ber hav­ing been of­fi­cially re­vealed dur­ing the De­fence Min­is­ter’s in­ter­ac­tion with me­dia in mid­Novem­ber (down to 33 in 2017), is the an­nounce­ment by Air Chief Mar­shal BS Dhanoa, CAS, that No.18 Squadron, which was num­ber plated when fly­ing MiG-27MLs some years back, will be res­ur­rected with the Te­jas LCA. This was an­nounced dur­ing the cer­e­mony to hon­our the late Flg Offr Nir­maljit Singh Sekhon, the only PVC awardee of the IAF, when fly­ing Gnats in the De­fence of Sri­na­gar in De­cem­ber 1971 ( rep­re­sen­ta­tive im­age is of Te­jas LCA dur­ing cold weather-high al­ti­tude tri­als at Leh).

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