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Abhinandan's unit dons 'Falcon Slayers' uniform patches to mark F-16 downing

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based no. 51 squadron of the Indian Air Force, also called "sword arms" is using new shoulder patches which showcases the bravery of by calling itself the 'Slayers' to commemorate the downing of an belonging to the during an aerial battle on February 27.

The squadron, which has a fleet of MiG-21s, also calls itself "AMRAAM dodgers" as its aircrafts evaded four to five AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles fired by PAF jets.

The patch shows a 21 in the foreground and red-coloured in the background with 'slayers' written on top and 'AMRAAM dodgers' written at the bottom. The patches have been designed by

On February 27, a day after the IAF bombed terrorist camps in Pakistan's Balakot, PAF attempted to carry out an attack on Indian installations in The attack was foiled by the heroics of IAF pilots, who used specific manoeuvres to dodge the multiple AMRAAMs fired by PAF The missiles were defeated.

A piloted by Varthaman shot down an F-16 using a Russian air-to-air missile. However, his plane also crashed and he was taken into custody by the after crossing over to the neighbouring country.

Under severe pressure from and several other nations, released Abhinandan on March 1. He was later moved out of and shifted to an airbase on the western border due to security concerns.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 18:50 IST