Ever since the Balakot airstrikes of 26th February where the Indian Airforce went deep inside Pakistan territory to flatted Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps, the Congress party and vested interests have been questioning the authenticity of the airstrikes. Now, India Today reports that the Indian Airforce has submitted to the Modi government, 12 pages of high-resolution images and synthetic aperture radar imagery collected from an intelligence aircraft platform flying in Indian airspace as proof of the airstrikes conducted by the IAF.
Shiv Aroor of India Today reported that Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jets, which carried out the Balakot airstrike, dropped Israeli Spice 2000 precision bombs with “penetration warheads” during the raid.
These intelligent missiles reportedly pierced the roofs of the buildings targetted and exploded inside. Since the missiles exploded inside the camp, the damage would be more internal than external.
It is also being reported that according to the dossier submitted to the Narendra Modi government, the Indian Airforce struck 80% of its targets. Explaining to 20% missed targets, the source has told India Today that those 20% bombs were dropped to give the strikes a margin of probability.
On 14th February 2019, Pakistan sponsored terrorist group JeM had carried out a dastardly attack on a convoy of CRPF soldiers claiming the lives of 44 soldiers. Following the attack, India had carried out airstrikes deep inside Pakistani territory in Balakot, flattening JeM terror camps in the area. In response, Pakstan had used their F16 jets, penetrated the Indian airspace and tried to drop AMRAAM bombs on Indian military installations. They had also captured Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan who was then returned within 48 hours under the Vienna Convention rules due to the pressure build by the Modi government and the international community. Abhinandan was the pilot who had shot down Pakistan’s F16 jet with a MiG21, recording his name in the pages of history. The situation at the Line of Control still remains tense between India and Pakistan.