Remembering Marshal Arjan Singh, IAF hero of 1965

Singh, the only IAF officer to be promoted to 5-star rank equal to an Army Field Marshal, had led the force during the 65 India-Pakistan war

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Marshal Arjan Singh

New Delhi: A seminar on aerospace power of the future and the impact of technology will be held here Monday to pay tribute to war hero Marshal Arjan Singh of the Indian Air Force on his birth centenary.

The event will be hosted by the IAF along with the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), an autonomous defence research and analysis body, at the Subroto Park.

The Chief of the Air Statff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, is slated to address the inaugural session, the organisers said.

The seminar on ‘Aerospace power in the 2040s: Impact of Technology’ will be held on 15 April when the Marshal of Indian Air Force would have turned 100, a senior official said.

Arjan Singh, who led the Indian Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan conflict, died in September 2017 at the age of 98.

Arjan Singh was the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, equivalent to a Field Marshal in the Army. For his distinguished service in commanding the IAF during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and in 1966 became the first IAF officer to be promoted to air chief marshal.

He was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital after he had suffered a cardiac arrest that would prove fatal.

“Technology has brought in the ability to deliver force from the air with unrivalled precision, at great range and in a matter of hours almost anywhere in the world, along with the ability to cause immense damage,” the CAPS said in a statement.

“The seminar will deliberate on the salience of aerospace technologies in future projection of aerospace power for national security,” it said.

An icon in the country’s military history, Arjan Singh had led a fledgling IAF in the 1965 India-Pakistan war when he was 44-years old.

Born on 15 April 1919 in Lyallpur in Punjab in undivided India, the father, grandfather and great grandfather of Arjan Singh had served in the cavalry.