Arjan Singh Current Affairs - 2019

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PM releases commemorative stamp to honour IAF Marshal late Arjan Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative stamp to honour Marshal of Air Force late Arjan Singh in New Delhi. It was released ‘at home’ programme of the Indian Air Force to mark its 87th raising day. The stamp was released as a tribute to his exemplary service to nation.

About Arjan Singh

Born on 15 April 1919 in Lyalpur (now Faislabad, Pakistan). Died on 16 September 2017 in New Delhi.

Airforce Career: He was selected to Empire Pilot training course at Royal Air Force Cranwell at age of 19 years. During British India rule, he had served on different positions in RAF. He holds unique honour of leading fly-past of over hundred IAF aircrafts over Red Fort in Delhi on 15 August 1947. He had served as IAF chief from August 1964 to 69. He was first Indian Air Chief to be elevated to rank of Air Chief Marshal in 1966. He had led Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1965 India-Pakistan war, during which he had launched IAF’s Operation Grand Slam that targeted at vital town of Akhnoor of Pakistan. He retired from IAF in August 1969.

Important posts held: He had served as Ambassador of India to Switzerland. He also had served as Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi (1989-90).

Awards and Honours: Government of India had conferred rank of “Marshal of the Indian Air Force” on him in 2002. He was first and only ‘Five Star’ rank IAF officer. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan. In his honour, Union Government had renamed IAF’s Panagarh Air Force Base in West Bengal as ‘Air Force Station Arjan Singh’  in 2016.

Cope India 2019: India, US air exercise to be held in West Bengal

Indian Air Force (IAF) and US Air Force (USAF) will participate in bilateral exercise ‘COPE INDIA 2019’ – scheduled to be held between December 3 and 14, 2019 in West Bengal.  The bilateral flying training programme will be held at two important airbases in West Bengal – Air Force Station Kalaikunda and Air Force Station Arjan Singh at Panagarh.

IAF’s Kalaikunda station is important training air base for IAF, Air Force Station Arjan Singh at Panagarh has second squadron of C130J Super Hercules aircraft. The first squadron of the C130J Super Hercules is based at Hindon.

COPE INDIA 2019

It will be long-standing bilateral US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)-sponsored Field Training Exercise (FTX), conducted with IAF. It will be focused on enhancing US-Indian mutual cooperation and building on existing capabilities, aircrew tactics and force employment. It will showcase US and India’s efforts and commitment to free and open Indo-Pacific region. Around 200 US airmen with 15 aircraft from 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Japan and 182 Airlift Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard will participate in it alongside their IAF counterparts.

Background

Cope India is series of international Air Force exercises between Indian Air Force (IAF) and United States Air Force (USAF) conducted on and over Indian soil. The first such exercise was conducted at IAF air force station in Gwalior from February 2004. The exercise included flight tests, practice and demonstrations as well as lectures on subjects related to aviation. The exercise has evolved to incorporate subject matter expert exchanges, air mobility training, airdrop training and large-force exercises, in addition to fighter-training exercises. The exercise was repeated in 2005, 2006, 2009 and was last held in 2010.