Within 12 days, the Indian Airforce retaliated to avenge the death of more than 40 Indian soldiers who were martyred in the horrific Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. In the early hours of 26 Feb, 12 Indian Airforce Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed Line of Control, entered the air of Pakistan and dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on Pak terror camps. It is the first time after the 1971 war that IAF crossed LoC.
Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor confirmed the intrusion across LoC in Muzaffarabad Sector. On the success of IAF’s mission, let’s know some facts about Mirage 2000 fighter jets.
- The Mirage aircraft was inducted in the Indian Airforce in the early 80s and it played a pivotal role in 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan.
- These fighter jets are equipped to carry a wide range of missiles and weapons.
- It has a high drag and low wing loading along with a high percentage of thrust.
- Mirage 2000 can reach up to 60,000 feet high and can reach a speed of Mach 2.2
- In 1982, Indira Gandhi’s government had placed an order of 36 single-seater Mirage-2000 and four twin-seater Mirage 2000 but after seeing its success, the India government further ordered 10 more Mirage 2000 planes in 2004.
- In 2011, India signed a 2.4 billion USD deal with France to upgrade the existing Mirage 2000 jets. The jets were upgraded to Mirage 2000-5 MK and delivered to India in 2018.
- IAF calls Mirage 2000 ‘Vajra’ which means thunderbolt in Sanskrit.
- Mirage 2000 jets are manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation. this company is also which is also manufacturing Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told the media that IAF destroyed the biggest JeM terror camp in Balakot, run by Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law. It is also reported that over 300 terrorists have been killed during the 21-minute long operation. However, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has denied any destruction or casualties. He also claimed that there were no JeM camps in the affected areas.