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IAF fighter jet flies in the backdrop of Himalayan mountain range, amid the prolonged India-China stand off in eastern Ladakh, in Leh district.

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IAF fighter jet flies in the Ladakh region, amid the prolonged India-China face off, in Leh district.

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An IAF chopper flies over Ladakh region amid border tension with China, in Leh.

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An IAF chopper flies over Ladakh region amid border tension with China, in Leh.

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IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet flies over Ladakh amid border tension with China, in Leh.

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IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet flies over Ladakh amid border tension with China, in Leh.

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IAF Hercules aircraft carrying military material flies over Ladakh amid border tension with China, in Leh.

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IAF chopper flies over Ladakh amid border tension with China, in Leh.

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Indian Air Force fighter jet on the runway amid the prolonged India-China face-off, in Leh district.

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Tejas fighter jet of the Indian Air Force flies over Ladakh region amid the prolonged India-China face off, in Leh district.

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C-17 Globemaster of the Indian Air Force flies over Ladakh region amid the prolonged India-China face off, in Leh district.

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IAF Sukhoi Su-30 jet flies over Ladakh region amid the prolonged India-China face off, in Leh district.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly attend a 'Sarva Dharma Puja' during the induction ceremony of Rafale fighter aircrafts, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Air display of the first batch of IAF’s Rafale fighter aircraft during its induction ceremony, in Ambala.

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IAF pilots board a Rafale fighter aircraft during its induction into the IAF fleet, at the Ambala air base.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly during 'Sarva Dharma Puja' at the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Priests perform 'Sarva Dharma Puja' during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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A bird flies near as a French-made Rafale fighter jet makes an inverted flight during its induction ceremony at the Indian Air Force Station in Ambala.

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A French-made Rafale fighter jet flies during its induction ceremony at the Indian Air Force Station in Ambala.

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IAF pilots before flying the first batch of five Rafale aircraft during its induction ceremony, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, sitting third left and French Defense Minister Florence Parly, sitting third right, pose for a group photo with Rafale squadron during an induction ceremony of French-made Rafale fighter jets at Air Force Station Ambala. The first batch of five planes, part of a $8.78 billion deal signed between the two countries in 2016 had arrived here in July.

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Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria during the Rafale induction ceremony, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Rafale aircraft being accorded water salute during its induction ceremony, in Ambala.

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IAF helicopters 'Sarang' perform during the Rafale induction ceremony, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Water is sprayed on a French-made Rafale fighter jet during its induction ceremony at the Indian Air Force Station in Ambala. The first batch of five planes, part of a $8.78 billion deal signed between the two countries in 2016 had arrived here in July.

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Air display of the first batch of IAF’s Rafale aircraft in an arrow formation followed by Jaguar and SU-30 aircraft during the former’s induction ceremony, in Ambala.

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Rafale aircraft to be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Rafale aircraft to be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly arrives to take part in Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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An IAF aircraft flies in the Ladakh region amid the prolonged India-China stand off, in Leh.

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Apache helicopter of the Indian Air Force lands amid border tensions with China, in Kishtwar district of Jammu

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IAF fighter jet flies in Ladakh region amid the prolonged India-China stand off, in Leh.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Chinook helicopter flies amid the prolonged India-China stand off in the Ladakh region, in Leh.

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An IAF fighter jet flies over Leh after a fresh confrontation between India and China on the southern bank of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh.

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Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee at his residence, 10 Rajaji Marg in New Delhi. Mukherjee, 84, passed away Monday at Army's RR Hospital.

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An Indian Air Force chopper flies in the skies of of Leh, Ladakh in the wake of India China face-off.

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Indian Air Force soldiers get ready for a group photographs after Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi.

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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) visits a frontline airbase in Western Air Command, New Delhi.

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IAF Rafale aircraft after touching down at Air Force Station on its arrival on covering a distance of nearly 8500 km from France to India, in Ambala.

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First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala.

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria (2nd L) and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command, Air Marshal B Suresh (R) along with the IAF pilots of the first five Rafale combat aircraft after arriving from France at the Air Force Station, in Ambala. The aircraft will be a part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, which was resurrected on Sept 10, 2019.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar in a group photograph at the Air Force Commanders' Conference in New Delhi.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the inaugural session of the Air Force Commanders' Conference in New Delhi.

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IAF C-17 aircraft flies above Leh, in Ladakh.

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An Indian army Chinook helicopter flies from Air force base in the backdrop of a Himalayan mountain range, amid border tensions with China, in Leh.

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A fighter jet flies from Indian Air force base in the backdrop of a Himalayan mountain range, amid border tensions with China, in Leh.

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An IAF chopper flies in the skies above Leh in Ladakh.

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A fighter jet flies from Leh Air force base amid border tensions with China, in Leh.

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Newly-inducted officers march during Combined Graduation Parade, at Air Force Academy in Dindigul in Hyderabad

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Newly-inducted officers during Combined Graduation Parade, at Air Force Academy in Dindigul in Hyderabad.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria reviews the passing out parade of Combined Graduation Parade, at Air Force Academy, in Dindigul, Hyderabad.

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Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria prepares to fly Tejas single-seater Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force in Sulur of Coimbatore district.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flies the LCA Tejas fighter with 45 Squadron at Air Force Station in Sulur of Tamil Nadu. He is on a visit to the Station for operationalisation of 18 Squadron.

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An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals on LNJP Hospital as part of Armed Forces' salute to the COVID-19 warriors, in New Delhi.

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A man with a child looks on as an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter showers flower petals over Deen Dayal Hospital, to express gratitude towards the frontline workers for their contribution in India's fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi.

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An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals on Gandhi Hospital as part of Armed Forces' salute to the COVID-19 warriors, in Hyderabad

PGI Director Jagat Ram along with the doctors and nursing Staff clap as armed forces express gratitude towards the frontline workers for their contribution in India's fight against COVID-19, in Chandigarh.

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A health worker of Guwahati Medical College Hospital, (GMCH) collects flower petals showered from an Indian Air Force helicopter in Guwahati.

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Medical professionals at the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital react while being honoured by an IAF chopper with showering of flowers for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in Chennai.

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An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals on the staff of INS Asvini hospital in Mumbai. The event was part the Armed Forces' efforts to thank the workers, including doctors, nurses and police personnel, who have been at the forefront of the country's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An IAF chopper flies over Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital to express gratitude towards medical professionals for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in Chennai.

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Medics react as an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter showers flower petals to applaud them for their services in fight against the COVID-19 at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, in New Delhi.

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Doctors, nurses and other medical and para-medical workers react as an IAF chopper showers flower petals on them at All India Institute of Medical Sciences to express gratitude towards them for their fight against the COVID-19, in New Delhi.

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Three MIG-29 fighter aircrafts of the Indian Air Force fly in a formation over the Rajpath to express gratitude all frontline workers including medical professionals, police and sanitation workers for the contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi.

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An IAF chopper showers flower petals on the Safdarjung Hospital to express gratitude towards medical professionals for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi.

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter showers flower petals on medics to applaud them for their services, during the nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Bengaluru.

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Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals at National Police Memorial as part of 'Armed Forces Salute Corona Warriors', in New Delhi. Armed forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors by hosting activities across the country.

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Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals react as an Indian Air Force chopper approach to shower flower petals over Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) to thank them for their fight against the novel coronavirus, in Patna.

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(L-R) Representatives of Tri-Service Chiefs Maj Gen Alok Kacker, Rear Admiral McCarthy and Air Vice Marshal PK Ghosh pay tribute at National Police Memorial, in New Delhi. Armed forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors by hosting activities across the country.

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Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals react as an Indian Air Force chopper approach to shower flower petals over Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) to thank them for their fight against the novel coronavirus, in Patna.

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Three fighter jets of Indian Air Force flies over RML Hospital to express gratitude towards medical professionals for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors including medical professionals, police, sanitation workers and others, with a host of activities across the country.

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An IAF chopper showers flowers on RML Hospital to express gratitude towards medical professionals for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors including medical professionals, police, sanitation workers and others, with a host of activities across the country.

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An Indian Air Force chopper showers flowers on medical professional at Kalinga Institute of Medical Science to express gratitude towards them in fighting COVID-19, in Bhubaneswar. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors with a host of activities across the country.

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Indian Air Forces (IAF) Su 30 fighter planes carry out flypast in the skies over Delhi to express gratitude towards medical professionals and other frontline workers fighting against COVID-19.

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Indian Air Forces' (IAF) Su 30 fighter planes carry out flypast in the skies over Guwahati to express gratitude towards medical professionals and other frontline workers fighting against COVID-19.

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A medic shows flowers showered by an Indian Army helicopter on medical professional at Gauhati Medical College and Hospitals (GMCH) to express gratitude towards them in fighting COVID-19, in Guwahati. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors with a host of activities across the country.

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An Indian Army helicopter showers flower petals on medical professional at Gauhati Medical College and Hospitals (GMCH) to express gratitude towards them in fighting COVID-19, in Guwahati. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors with a host of activities across the country.

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An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals at the National Police Memorial in New Delhi. The event was part the Armed Forces’ efforts to thank the workers, including doctors, nurses and police personnel, who have been at the forefront of the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram. The event was part the Armed Forces’ efforts to thank the workers, including doctors, nurses and police personnel, who have been at the forefront of the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The event was part the Armed Forces’ efforts to thank the workers, including doctors, nurses and police personnel, who have been at the forefront of the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals at the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. The event was part the Armed Forces’ efforts to thank the workers, including doctors, nurses and police personnel, who have been at the forefront of the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Birds fly in reaction as three fighter aircrafts of the Indian Air Force flypast the Raisina Hill to express gratitude towards all frontline workers including medical professionals, police and sanitation workers for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors with a host of activities across the country.

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Three Su-30 aircrafts of the Indian Air Force fly in a formation over the Rajpath to express gratitude towards all frontline workers including medical professionals, police and sanitation workers for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors with a host of activities across the country.

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Three C-130 transport aircrafts of the Indian Air Force fly over the Raisina Hill to express gratitude towards all frontline workers including medical professionals, police and sanitation workers for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors with a host of activities across the country.

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Three C-130 transport aircrafts of the Indian Air Force fly over the Rajpath to express gratitude towards all frontline workers including medical professionals, police and sanitation workers for their contribution in fight against COVID-19, in New Delhi. Armed Forces are paying salute to all COVID-19 warriors with a host of activities across the country.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) airlifts essential supplies of medicine and ration along with medical personnel within the country, to equip state governments and supporting agencies to combat the COVID-19 effectively, in New Delhi.

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Medical consignment including masks, gloves, sanitizers, medicines, etc. arrived at Lengpui Airport today delivered by Indian Air Force aircraft from Delhi.

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The Indian Air Force airlifted a total of 485 persons from Hindon, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur on 21 and 22 April, 2020 to the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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An IAF C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft being loaded with essential medical supplies and commodities to be airlifted to various parts of the country as part of IAF’s assistance to the civil administration to fight against the spread of COVID-19, in New Delhi.

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Officials check the body temperature of cadets of Indian Air Force as a preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic, during the nationwide lockdown, at Avadi Air Force Station, in Chennai.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) women fighter pilots Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawanna Kanth and Mohana Singh receive 'Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019' on International Women's Day from President Ram Nath Kovind as Union Minister Smriti Irani looks on, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Center in New Delhi. The trio are the first women fighter pilots of Indian Air Force.

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Air force officials repair a technical snag on one of the three choppers comprising the fleet of PM Narendra Modi, at Parade Ground, in Prayagraj.

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A special flight of Indian Air Force (IAF) comprising of crew, medical team and support staff before their departure from Air Force Station in Palam to Wuhan in China, in New Delhi.

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A special flight of Indian Air Force (IAF) comprising of crew, medical team and support staff before their departure from Air Force Station in Palam to Wuhan in China, in New Delhi.

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria during a sortie on the first anniversary of Balakot air strikes at Srinagar Air Base.

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IAF’s 49 Squadron, also known as ‘The Paraspears’, during their Diamond Jubilee celebration, in Jorhat.

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Indian Air Force band performs during the full dress rehearsal for Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi.

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Indian Air Force attack Apache helicopters fly by India Gate monument during Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

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