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Indian Air Force


The India Air Force (भारतीय वायु सेना) is the air arm of the armed forces of India. Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian Airspace and to conduct aerial welfare during a conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxilary air force of the Indian Empire and the prefix Royal was added in 1945 in recognisation of its services during World War II. After India achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the Royal Indian Air Force served the Union of India, with the prefix being dropped when India become a republic in 1950. Since Independence, the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighboring Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China. Other major operation under taken by the IAF includ Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot and Operation Cactus. Apart from conflicts the IAF has been an active participant in United Nation peacekeeping missions.

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