New Delhi: Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, famous for his role in the the 1965 India-Pakistan war, has been hospitalised and his condition is stated to be critical. Singh, 98, the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, was admitted to the Army's Research and Referral hospital this morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and IAF chief BS Dhanoa visited the hospital. "His condition is critical," official sources said. He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness.
"Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh is critically ill and in Army Hospital R&R. Hon'ble RM Smt Nirmala Sitharaman visited him in the hospital," the IAF said in a tweet. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff on August 1, 1964. He is the first Air Chief who kept his flying category till the CAS (Chief of Air Staff) rank. An icon of the Indian military history, Singh had led a young IAF into the war in 1965 when he was hardly 44 years of age. In 1965, when Pakistan had launched its Operation Grand Slam with an armoured thrust targeted at the vital town of Akhnoor, Singh led the Indian Air Force through the war with courage, determination and professional skill. He inspired the IAF to victory, despite the constraints imposed on a full-scale use of air force combat power.