Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has received a posting to the Suratgarh Air Force base in the western Indian state of Rajasthan bordering Pakistan, reported the Times of India.

Varthaman assumed duties at his new base on Saturday, which is his first posting since his MiG-21 Bison fighter was shot down by Pakistani defences and he had to eject on Pakistani territory during an Indo-Pak aerial dogfight on 27 February.

“All defence postings are confidential and the only detail that we can confirm is that Wing Commander Abhinandan has been posted in Rajasthan. Further details cannot be divulged”, reported the Times of India citing an official.

The actual posting for Wing Commander Abhinandan has been confirmed as Suratgarh by the media through its own sources.

“Suratgarh Air Force Base has MiG-21 Bison aircraft and at this point it is not clear if Abhinandan will get back to flying since as per the protocol, once a pilot ejects, he is grounded. Having said that, the Wing Commander’s case might be looked at differently”, said the report citing an unnamed official.

The Wing Commander was in the heat of the dogfight that took place on 27 February when Pakistani airplanes reportedly crossed into Indian airspace. He allegedly shot down his rival’s F-16 fighter before his own MiG-21 Bison was shot down and crashed into Pakistani territory. He was captured by Pakistani forces and later released after 60 hours of detention.

The 27 February dogfight was a buildup from the 14 February Pulwama terror attack allegedly carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in which more than 40 Indian soldiers were killed. India responded with airstrikes against alleged JeM terror camps on Pakistani soil on 26 February.

Pakistan’s Air Force responded with its own airstrike during which the dogfight involving Wing Commander Abhinandan took place.

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Source: Sputnik

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“at this point it is not clear if Abhinandan will get back to flying since as per the protocol, once a pilot ejects, he is grounded.”
=> When you eject, you take 20G (!!!!). And you lose 2-3cm in size. It is considered that after an ejection, you can resume flying fighter aircraft after a few months and if medical advise says OK. After a 2nd ejection, your career as a fighter-pilot ends in ALL air-forces, and you’re 4-6cm shorter than you were before your 1st ejection and with serious arthrosis…

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This Indian pilot besides being incompetent was quite liberal with the truth or reality. On his return home he made some outlandish remarks about downing a Pakistani F-16. India should act more maturely or will have the same credibility as Baghdad Bob. The IAF came out second best and this Abhinandan fellow should only be allowed to fly a desk in the future.

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Kill confirmed by multiple videos and witnesses!
Shooting down a F-16 with MiG-21 = never seen before!
Abhinandan is a hero!
Once the Ayatoilets gone, Trump should consider to demolish the Paki nuclear arsenal since USA are too far for Paki missiles, so India and Pakistan can re-unite and PM Modi will close the madrassas and liquidate JeM and LeT.
Jai Hind!
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Ôm Namah Shiva
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXiFr2gPsms
Rumour says that Chowkidar Abhinandan Varthaman will soon get a brand new Rafale.
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Brits have finally leaked the range of Meteor missile while we tried to keep it secret for long… 300km baby… And unlike Russian R-37M or KS-172 which are only fit to go after heavy aircraft, Meteor goes after fighter jets…
http://hsfeatures.com/images/F-4G_PN-20.jpg
IMHO, IAF should consider such 5-ER hardpoints, it would allow Rafale to carry at least 34 Meteors and 2 MICA-NG, maybe more : I couldn’t learn what weight the external underwing hardpoint can carry. If it’s up to 500kg, this would mean 6 MICA-NG, Rafale would be able to take out 2 full squadrons of Paki or Chinese attackers.