“The error margin was less than three meters”, IAF sources unravel the strategy behind Balakot air-strike

The Hush Post | 7:34 pm | One-minute read

February 26 was the day when Indian fighter jets crossed the LoC and destroyed terror camps situated inside the Pakistani territory. Around a dozen Mirage-2000 fighter jets, loaded with Spice-2000 guided bombs, had meticulously executed the plan. The computer memories of the bombs had the exact geographical locations of Jaish e-Mohammad training camps.

So, when pilots got the green signal to launch the weapons, there was only a little chance that the 1,000 kg bombs miss their target. However, they were around 2 to 10 km across the LoC of PoK.

Times Of India reported on Sunday that the Spice-2000 bombs destroyed four to six targets of the JeM training camp. “Though the targets were almost 50 to 60 km away, the error margin was less than 3 meters,” said a top defence source. The SARs mounted on “classified platforms” as well as Sukhoi-30MKI fighters showed the before and after images of the target. The high resolution images clearly depict that the targets were hit with precision.

The sources said, “However, the accurate judgement of casualties is impossible. But the bombs penetrated the roofs of pre-selected buildings which would have killed all the inmates.”


Interestingly, the IAF also deployed a decoy package from Punjab to distract Pakistani combat air-patrols from the actual strike package. This was in addition to Mirage-2000s and Sukhoi-30MKIs, IL-78 mid-air refuellers and AWACS deployed from Gwalior, Agra and Bareily. They took a route to the Muzaffarabad sector along the LoC.

“The decoy package of Sukhoi-30MKIs took off from Punjab to fake a strike operation towards Bahawalpur. Pakistan was taken in by the decoy formation and vectored its fighters in the air towards it,” said another source.

The sources further said, “As a result, there was no Pakistani fighter anywhere near the actual strike package. This also nails Pakistan’s claim that IAF pilots hastily dropped the bombs without achieving anything.”

“If the IAF had not been told to cross the LoC, the weapon package used would have been different,” added the source.



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