<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the India Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, has passed away, reported news agency ANI. The Indian Air Force confirmed his death stating that he passed away at 7:47 PM on 16 September. Ninety-eight-year-old Singh, the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a field marshal in the Army, was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital this morning after he suffered a cardiac arrest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had visited Singh at the hospital.”Went to R&R Hospital to see Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is critically ill. I also met his family members,” Modi had tweeted earlier.An icon in the country’s military history, Singh had led a fledgling IAF in the 1965 Indo-Pak when he was just a 44- year-old.As Pakistan had launched its Operation Grand Slam with an armoured thrust targeted at the vital town of Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh led the Indian Air Force through the war with courage, determination and professional skill. He inspired the IAF, despite the constraints imposed on a full-scale use of air force combat power.

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Air Marshal Arjan Singh passes away at 98