On the dawn of February 26, 2019, Twelve Indian Air Force Jets Mirage 2000 dropped 1000 kg of bombs on terrorist camps across LoC (Line Of Control). Read furthermore to know facts and details of this strike by the IAF.
1. Why this strike?
This strike by IAF is in response to the terrorist attack on the CRPF Jawans in Pulwama, Kashmir on February 14. Reports suggest that 40 CRPF jawans were martyred in this attack.
Entire India united and demanded strikes on terrorists and today IAF delivered by striking on terrorists across LoC.
2. When did this strike take place?
According to reports, IAF carried out strikes at around 3:30 am in three different places across LoC.
3. What places did the IAF strike?
IAF struck on major Jaesh-e-Mohhamed training camps across LoC and in Balakot which is located well within Pakistan and not in PoK.
4. How was the attack carried out?
Early reports suggest that twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets dropped 1000 KG bombs on the biggest terrorist camp and killed more than 300 terrorists and destroyed three camps. For the bombing, laser-guided bombs were used to ensure that terrorists don’t get a chance to escape.
5. What are Mirage 2000 fighter jets used by IAF?
Mirage 2000 jets are made by Dassault Aviation, a French company which is also manufacturing Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts.
Mirage 2000 was first commissioned in 1985. After inducting the Mirage 2000, IAF named it Vajra, meaning thunderbolt in the Sanskrit language.
India had initially ordered 36 single-seaters and 4 twin-seater Mirage 2000 in 1982. Mirage jets played a key role in favor of India in the war of Kargil n 1999. In 2004, the Government Of India placed an additional order of 10 Mirage 2000, taking the total to 50 jets.
Mirage 2000 has a length of 14.36 meters and a wingspan of 91.3 meters. It weighs 7500 kg (dry) and it has a total takeoff weight of 17000kg. This jet has a maximum speed of Mach 2.2 and the flight height can reach 59000ft, that is 17 km.
6. Who lead the strike by the IAF?
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa lead the Air Force Team that attacked terrorist camps across the LoC.
7. How is this strike different from other surgical strikes?
The air strike across LoC is the first time Indian Air Force has been used in Pakistan controlled airspace after 1971 Indo-Pak war and this time IAF jets successfully attacked deep inside Pakistan territory. This was a non-military counter-terror strike as action against terror camps.
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