Indian Airforce Officer Sacked for Shooting Own Helicopter after Aerial Fight With Pakistan
Indian media has reported that Suman Roy Chowdhury removed from office by a general court-martial, following a deadly blunder that resulted in the deaths of at least seven individuals, including six Indian army personnel.
In a separate incident, an Indian Air Force group captain fired after he used a surface-to-air missile to bring down his own Mi-17 V5 helicopter in occupied Kashmir. This occurred during armed conflicts between Pakistan and India, where an Indian missile struck a military helicopter of Soviet design as it was returning to Srinagar. In response, a court of investigation was established.
Investigations revealed that the ‘Identification of Friend or Foe’ (IFF) system aboard the helicopter malfunctioned, leading to a breakdown in communication. This critical system helps air defence radars differentiate between friendly and enemy planes and helicopters, but was disable at the time of the tragedy.
The incident occurred after a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani soldiers. According to a military spokesman, in 2019, Pakistan Air Force jets engaged two Indian warplanes in a dogfight and shot them down at the Line of Control (LoC).
During the Nowshera sector conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan captured one Indian pilot after shooting down two IAF fighter planes. In a video of what appeared to be an interview at a Pakistani air base, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the downed pilot, praised the Pakistan Army’s professionalism but denied revealing any secret information. The second IAF fighter plane, a Sukhoi Su-30, fell on the Indian side of the Line of Control, while his MiG 21 Bison crashed on the Pakistani side.