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Indian Air Force unveils its new ensign after 72 years

  • Published
    9th Oct, 2023
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In a historic moment, Indian Air Force (IAF) has unveiled the Air Force's new ensign at the annual Air Force Day parade at Prayagraj.

  • This is the first change to the ensign since 1951, when the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) ensign was changed to make it look ‘Indian’.
About the New ensign:

  • The IAF ensign was created by replacing the Union Jack with the Indian tricolour and the RAF roundels with the IAF tricolour roundel in the lower right canton.
  • A new lAF ensign set to;
    • Be unveiled tomorrow has the Air Force crest in the top right corner. The crest has the national symbol, the Ashoka lion, on the top with the words ‘Satyameva Jayete’ in Devanagari below it.
    • A Himalayan eagle, with its wings spread, has a ring in light blue colour encircling it with words “Indian Air Force”.
    • The existing motto of the IAF “Touching the sky with Glory” taken from the verse 24, Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita will remain on the ensign.

The IAF motto has been taken from verse 24, Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita and means "Radiant Thou Touchest Heaven" or, in other words, "touching the sky with glory".

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