Indian Air Force: A cut above Current Affairs - 2020

IAF launches multiplayer version of ‘Indian Air Force – A Cut Above’ game

The Indian Air Force (IAF) launched the multiplayer version of its interactive mobile game named ‘Indian Air Force – A Cut Above’. The game lets users experience the thrill of flying a combat aircraft. The single-player version of the game was first launched by then Chief of Air Staff (COAS), B S Dhanoa, on 31 May 2019.

About ‘Indian Air Force – A Cut Above’

The game is a combat simulator that lets the players choose from an array of IAF’s fighter aircraft, such as Tejas, Rafale Mirage-2000, Su-30 among others. The game allows Indian Air Force aspirants to experience first hand the roles of an air warrior, and means to apply and appear for recruitment from the comfort of a mobile phone. It is available for Android and iOS.

The newly released multiplayer version has two modes- Team Battles, where players team up, and Death Match, a free for all where the last man standing is winner.

IAF launches 3D mobile video game Indian Air Force: A cut Above

Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched 3D air-borne combat based mobile video game called ‘Indian Air Force: A cut above’. It was launched by Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa at National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi. It is second such video game launched by IAF, earlier it had Guardians of the Skies’ in 2014 and has got over a million downloads. It is similar to older Guardians of Skies game including controls and graphics, but has new storyline along with some gameplay changes.

Indian Air Force: A cut above

  • It is aimed at making youth aware about IAF and encourage them to join the armed forces. It will also provide gamers virtual experience of airborne combats.
  • It is available on both Android and iOS platforms (phones) and will engage audience above the age of 14.
  • It has been developed by Delhi-based Threye Interactive, which earlier also had made similar game “Guardians of Skies” for IAF in 2014.
  • It is themed on various aerial combats and missions, including airstrikes, undertaken by IAF. It has total of 10 missions, and each mission has further three sub-missions.
  • Its various missions, include, airstrikes, air-to-air refuelling, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).
  • It also has career navigator and augmented reality (AR) sections which will give a realistic feel of the IAF’s assets to the user.
  • It also features character sporting gunslinger moustache similar to that of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman`s, who was captured and later released by Pakistan after his aircraft was shot down in aerial dogfight which broke out in aftermath of February 2019 Balakot airstrikes.

Abhinandan Varthaman

He holds unique distinction of being only pilot in the world to have shot down an F-16 combat aircraft from his vintage MiG-21 Bison aircraft on February 27, 2019 during aerial conflict with Pakistan. He was held captive by Pakistani authorities on February 27, 2019 after his MiG 21 Bison went down during beyond visual range combat with Pakistani jets. He was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army when his parachute drifted and fell inside PoK. Later he was handed over to India.