Before the 73rd Independence Day, the government of India announced gallantry awards to the 7 Indian Air Force officers who showed bravery against Pakistan in the surgical strike. The government also announcing the award of ‘War Service Medal‘ to five other Air Force officers for their outstanding service. One of the officers who received the War Service Medal is Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal, who was handling the responsibility of fighter plane controller during the infiltration of Pakistan planes into Kashmir on 27 February.
Minty is the part of the ground control team in the Indian Air Force and works as a fighter controller. She keeps an eye on every moment movement in the sky and transmits this information to the pilots flying the fighter aircraft so that she can take the right decision at the right time. Her brave decisions made Indian Airforce fight back against the Pakistan attempt of Airstrike which became unsuccessful. Minty was the part of both airstrike missions on 26 February and 27 February. There was two-way communication between Abhinandan and her. She was telling him about the position of enemy aircraft and other air conditions which helped to shot down F16 fighter plane of Pakistan.
Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal, who played the role of flight controller at Balakot Air Strike, made major disclosures on 15th August. She said that after the action of India, Pakistan’s fighter jets tried to take revenge but they were scared and ran away after seeing the deployment of our Indian aircraft. She told in her interview that she was very happy when she came to know that the Indian Air Force had shot down Pakistan’s F-16 aircraft.
On 26 February, Pakistan, angered by the Indian surgical airstrike, sent some F-16 aircraft to attack India’s military bases in Kashmir the very next day, on 27 February. Pakistani planes tried to attack by infiltration, but with the agility of the Indian Air Force, their plans were destroyed. They were repelled back by India’s MiG-21 and Mirage 2000 fighter jets. During this time, it was “Minty Agarwal” who was helping the other Indian pilots to fight against Pakistan attempt of an airstrike.