Abhinandan Varthaman is a Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Air Force. As you know, India and Pakistan were involved in a military conflict (Balacot airstrike) in 2019, and Abinandan was taken prisoner in Pakistan for about 60 hours after his plane was shot down. And now he has safely returned to his homeland of India.
Abinandan was born on June 21, 1983. His family is from the village of Saupanamua, 19 km from Kanchipuram.
His father, Simhakutty Varthaman, is a retired Air Force Marshal and his mother is a doctor. Lt. Col. Abinandan Baltaman's father, ret. Air Marshall S. Varthaman was a consultant for the movie Kaatru Veliyidai.
Mani Ratnam's movie starring Curse Shiva and Adity.
He got his early school education at the Cynic Welfare School in Chennai.
He graduated from the Defense Academy and was appointed to the Indian Air Force Combat Stream on June 19, 2004.
He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant on June 19, 2006 and to Squadron Leader on July 8, 2010. Before he was assigned to the MiG-21 Bison Squadron, he was a Su-30MKI fighter pilot.
The Air Commodore scored a kill in his F-16A EMLU-III Block 20 fighter against an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in beyond visual range combat via an AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM Fox 3 hit. pic.twitter.com/vLSGuo1GyX— PSF Intel Consortium (@INTELPSF) May 24, 2022
Air Force Commander Abinandan is married to retired IAF Air Force Major Tanvi Malwar and has two children.
His brother also serves the Indian Air Force.
Abinandan enjoys reading and is an excellent speaker.
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Abinandan is one of the few soldiers captured by the Pakistani army during the military conflict between India and Pakistan. And the good thing is that he has come back to life.
Most importantly, Air Force Commander Abinandan is the only pilot to destroy an advanced PAK F-16 fighter with an IAF MiG21 fighter.
No doubt he made a story in the world.
Note: Air Force Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was arrested in Pakistan on February 27 after a MiG-21 Bison fighter crashed into a management line (LoC) in an aerial battle with the Pakistani Air Force. Eventually he was released and handed over to India on March 1 at the border crossing between Wagah and Attari. Prior to the incident, he was stationed in the MiG-21 squadron in Srinagar.