Referred to in social media as the #surgicalstrike2 India has retaliated to the February 14 Pulwama attacks where 44 CRPF jawans were martyred.
1. The twenty-one-minute airstrike was carried out by the Indian Air Force during early hours of Tuesday. The operation was carried out to destroy the training camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group who had earlier claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.
2. The site of the bomb dropping by IAF jets is in Pakistan occupied Kashmir’s Balakot district. Located in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, Balakot is said to be the area of location for several terrorist training camps. Balakot is 17.5km from Muzaffarabad which is bounded by the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the west, and Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir in the east, and the Neelum District of Azad Kashmir in the north.
3. There were six hits on one large facility spread across Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi. The entire operation reportedly took place within one and a half minute.
4. Twelve Mirage 2000i were used by the IAF to carry out the operation. The Dassault Mirage 2000i is a French multirole single-engine jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation along with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has the capability to fly under radar detection and this aided the Jets in carrying out the strike.
5. The Mirage 2000i fighter jets crossed the Line of Control around 3.30 am carrying a payload of bombs to be released on the predesignated targets.
6. 1000kg of bombs were used by the Indian Air Force to destroy the camps spread across These precision-guided bombs using Heron guided missile systems developed using Israeli technology.
7. The Airborne Early Warning and Control System Aircraft (AEW&C) Netra and Israeli systems were used to monitor the location and movement of Terror outfits in the area before the strike. These systems also kept track of the Pakistan Air Force jets and anti-aircraft radars installed across the LoC which added to the success of the strike.
8. This was the biggest Jaish training camp in Pakistan and was led by Yusuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar.
9. This is the first time Indian Air Force jets have crossed the Line of Control since 1971.
10. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said there were credible inputs that the Jaish-e-Mohammed planning more suicide attacks and training its fidayeen terrorists in this camp. He went on to say, “ In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.”