Strong action by the Indian Air Force. It would not be possible without strong political will and support to Indian Defence Forces. 21 minutes, 12 jets, and 3 targets destroyed: This is what the Indian Air Force did in Pakistan while you were asleep.
Eleven days after a Jaish-e-Muhammed suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus ferrying CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Indian Air Force on Tuesday morning crossed the Line of Control and carried out aerial strikes at multiple targets to seek revenge for our martyred brethren.
Here is all you need to know about this air strike as India strikes back-
Flight tracking websites had spotted a rise in activities along the border with an IAF early warning plane Emb 145 and mid-air refueller circling in the area this morning.
The Indian Air Force used Mirage squadron to strike terror camps across LoC. Aerial strikes at Balakot, Muzaffarabad, Chakothi were carried out at around 3:30 am. The entire operation continued for 21 minutes and wiped out JeM top leadership.
Indian Army sources have told The Times of India that IAF jets struck terror camps in Balakot at around 3.45 am, Muzafarrabad at around 3.48 am and Chakoti at around 3.58 am.
IAF used Mirage 2000 to fore laser-guided bombs. 12 Mirage 2000 jets participated in the operation that dropped 1,000 kg bombs at the terrorist camps and launchpads across the LoC and destroyed Alpha-3 control rooms completely. The laser-guided bombs previously helped to target Pakistani posts on the mountains of Kargil, J&K in the Operation Vijay in 1999.
From Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, 12 Mirage 2000, which is a multirole fighter jet built by Dassault aviation, acquired in the 1980s, a predecessor to Rafale, set out to finish the mission.
Other jets were used in the operation too apart from Mirage 2000 jets. Sukhoi jets reportedly provided the cover for Mirage. Su 30 MKI took off from Sirsa airbase, Haryana to tackle any eventuality.
The jets loaded GBU-12 Paveway aerial laser-guided bombs to pound enemy targets. GBU-12 paveway laser guided bomb, an American-built precision guidance bomb kit and Matra magic close combat missile, a French-built missile was used for air force response during the mission. Litening pod, a laser designator, and targeting pod to acquire targets and guide precision bomb were optimally utilized.
Netra airborne early warning jet left from Bhatinda, Punjab to command and control from the air, vectoring the fighters towards targets. Netra has the capability to detect hostile missiles and jets at land, sea and air within the range of 200 kms. It is mounted on a Brazilian Embraer-145 jet.
Ilyushin, the refueling aircraft took flight from Agra, Uttar Pradesh to refuel jets for longer endurance.
Heron drone from secret airfield conducted real-time surveillance along the Line of Control when the jets reached Jammu & Kashmir. Its a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). developed by Malat (UAV) division of Israel Aerospace Industries. It is capable of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) operations of up to 52 hours’ duration at up to 10.5 km (35,000 ft).
The strike in Balakot is important as the location is beyond Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, indicating it was a punitive action inside the Pakistani territory. News agency ANI quoted sources as saying that Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back because of the size of the Indian formation. The Western Air Command coordinated operation.
Balakot was marked out by American forces as well, sources said. Balakote is located 28km south of Poonch and 93 km from Srinagar. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence.
Training facility at Balakot was developed in 2000-2001, overseen by Saifur Rehman Saifi. Notably, Saifi has pioneered suicide bombings in Pakistan, fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and targeted religious minorities. Al Rahmat Trust (another Jaish-e-Mohammed front) is also registered there.
The entire operation was monitored from the Air headquarters in Delhi by top commanders of the IAF including Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were being updated about the operation on a real-time basis. It was a massive strike and Pakistan will never forget about it. The operation was 100 per cent successful and IAF achieved the results it desired in Balakot, Pakistan.
“India struck the biggest JeM terror camp in Balakot, which was being run by Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law has been killed. Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessaryJeM has been given patronage in Pakistan,” said Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
As many as 25 top commanders have been killed in the airstrike carried out by India on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval told the members of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)in India.
NSA Doval, while addressing the CCS meeting in New Delhi, said the demolished target was not an ordinary terror launch pad or base. “It was a virtual garrison,” he said, adding, “the facility had firing ranges, explosive test facilities, air-conditioned offices of trainers and barracks. The facility was built with the assistance of the Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),” he added.
The presence of such a large number of Jaish commanders, Doval said, was due to desperate measures taken by the ISI a week back, in view of the worldwide condemnation of the Pulwama terror attack.
Indian Airlines Flight 814, commonly known as IC 814, was an Indian Airlines Airbus A300 en route from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, in 1999. It was hijacked by Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law demanding release of Masood Azhar from Indian Jail.
Masood Azhar’s outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed allegedly carried out a string of deadly attacks against Indian targets, including the attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001, Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and 2016 Pathankot attack on Indian Air Force airbase.
The Indian Air Force has put on all its air defense systems along the international border and LoC on high alert to respond to any possible action by Pakistan Air Force. The reports of airstrikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is the first time Indian Air Force has been used in Pakistan controlled air space after the 1971 war.
26 February 2019 will be remembered. Indian forces strike back, India strikes back.. JAI HIND 🇮🇳