THIS IS A IDF BRIEF REPORT MADE SIMPLE ON BALAKOT ATTACK & KARGIL BOTH BY PGMs IS A IDF'S SALUTE TO MIRAGE 2000s —-THE HEROES IN BOTH FORAYS WITH INPUTS ON NAVY NEEDING PLATFORMS ! NATIONS NEEDS CDS & JOINT GROWTH FOR SECURITY WHICH DOES NOT COME CHEAP !
THE AMAZING MIRAGE BALAKOT ATTACK STORY GIVES WAR CONFIDENCE
The report from Sengupta in Force states shortly after 2 am on 26th February 6 UPG Mirages with a Spice-2000 PGM underbelly flew from Gwalior, entered the civil air-corridor to Agra, got refueled by two IL-78MKIs.
Airport ground staff stand besides Tejas, India's first locally-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), before its induction into the Indian Air Force at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, India, July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa – S1AETNAZSRAA
By 3am. Another 6 Mirages already deployed from Gwalior to Adampur a day earlier, headed to Himachal Pradesh where all were refueled. A force of 6 Mirage-2000s went on and , as part of an elaborate deception plan, the IAF, between 3.30am and 4pm, launched two six-aircraft sorties in a staggered manner from Bhisiana towards Okara-Bahawalpur, and from Halwara towards Lahore — to distract the two CAPs of the PAF that were airborne that night from Rafiqui and Sargodha. So IDF brings home activity and Intelligence at work.
The 6 Mirages struck Balakot by 3.35am and launched five Spice-2000s from an altitude of 20,000 feet 40 km away as per target chosen from many by Intelligence and ACM Krishnaswamy on CNN 18 said IAF offered 5 targets. Only three separate targets (large dormitories/hostels housing up to 247 terrorists and their 19 trainees/instructors) were attacked at 3.53am. One Spice did not launch since it could not acquire the target amidst thick forest vegetation. Immediately after this, the 6 Mirages began their return at around 3.53am, while the PAF's F-16s were still 120km away (they reached Balakot only four minutes later).
By Ranjit Rai on April 4, 2019
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