19 minutes, 12 jets, a big target: This is what the IAF did in Pakistan while you were asleep
this Jan. 23, 2012 file photo, Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters fly in formation during the final rehearsal of Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
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woke up early morning today to the buzz of Indian Air Force (IAF) carrying out surgical strikes on terror camps inside Pakistan. Slowly, the details started coming in and it became apparent that India had avenged the Jaish-e-Muhammad attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama less than two weeks ago. This is said to be the first cross-border air strike India has carried out in nearly five decades. The last such action was during the Bangladesh war in 1971. In an official statement, foreign affairs secretary has confirmed the strike. Here are details from various reports based on information from official sources.
Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets struck joint training camps of Jaish and LeT inside Pakistan and completely destroyed them by shelling 1,000 kg bombs. It took 19 minutes to complete the operation.Mirage 2000 jets hit Balakot 24 KM NW of Muzaffarabad at 3:45 am and the strike went on till 3:53 am. Hitting Balakot is a historic high for IAF because it not only crossed the LoC (Line of Actual Control), they crossed the entire Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and then hit the target inside Khyber Pakhtukhwa. IAF has hit targets inside Pakistan after many decades. It is also the biggest Jaish camp.
The support system
Reportedly, IAF had deployed an elaborate support system for these surgical strikes. Surveillance was heightened. Heron drones and early-warning system AWACS were used to keep an eye on any action emanating from Pakistan while mid-air refuellers were also deployed for any emergency use. A Twitter handle @CivMilAir the location of AWACS over Delhi early morning today. "Airborne Early Warning eyes in the sky up over New DelhThere are unconfirmed reports that Pakistan might have tried to intercept IAF jets but failed since even Pakistan did not claim of shooting down any Indian jet. A Pakistani Twitter user has posted what he claims to be "action" by Pakistan air force."Visuals of Pak Air Force in Action over and around Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, and areas near LoC after failed attempt by Indian air force to intrude into Pak air space."