Home News Reports “We had the bull’s eye. All over in 90 seconds”, Balakot airstrike pilots confirm that they had hit the terror camps

“We had the bull’s eye. All over in 90 seconds”, Balakot airstrike pilots confirm that they had hit the terror camps

The operation was planned and kept under utter secrecy for the fear of losing the ‘surprise’ factor, critical in the successful completion of such operations. To this end, the operation was code-named as Operation Bandar (Monkey).

The “pre-emptive”, “non-military” airstrike carried out by the Indian Air Force on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) biggest terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in the wee hours of February 26, 2019, was precisely “over in 90 seconds”, and they hit the targets precisely, Hindustan Times quoted two pilots part of the operation as saying. The airstrike was carried out to avenge the loss of 40 CRPF personnel martyred in a terror attack executed by a JeM cadre on February 14, 2019, near Pulwama in Kashmir.

Moreover, the pilots revealed that the operation was so secretive that even the family members of the assault team were unknown to it.

“It was over in 90 seconds, we released the weapon and we turned back. No one, not even my close family knew,” a Mirage 2000 fighter pilot was quoted as saying.

- Ad - - article resumes -

“Next day, when news broke, my wife asked me whether I was part of the attack. I kept quiet and slept off,” said the pilot.

The pilots said that two days before the attack they guessed something was going to happen, as activities of IAF had increased, but they didn’t know exactly. On the afternoon on 25th February, Spice-2000 missiles were loaded onto the planes, and the location coordinates of the terror camps were fed into the weapons systems, one of the pilots said. They also said that senior IAF officers who knew about the plan didn’t change their daily routine so that nobody suspects anything.

The pilots informed that they deliberately took a long route as a diversionary tactic. They flew over Eastern India, and after reaching Kashmir, they maintained radio silence. “Importantly, Pakistani fighters were nowhere near us,” the pilots added.

When asked whether the operation was successful, the IAF pilots answered in affirmative. They confirmed that the weapons did the job, saying, “Of course, they hit. We had the bull’s eye.”

This was the first time in the last 48 years when the IAF entered the Pakistani airspace.

In response to the brazen attack on the CRPF convoy orchestrated by Jaish-e-Muhammad terror outfit, the IAF devised a reprisal attack, homing in on the JeM assets based in Pakistan. The target finalised was the JeM terror camp in Balakot that trained and sheltered around 200-300 terrorists.

Twelve Mirage 2000 fighters which had taken off in the wee hours of February 26 from multiple air bases, crossed over into the Pakistani air space and carried out missile attacks on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot town of Khyber Pakhtunwa province.

In the attack carried out by the Indian Air Force, pilots had dropped five Spice 2000 bombs out of which four penetrated the rooftops of the building in which the terrorists were sleeping.

While some of the Mirage aircraft carried out the attack on the Jaish camp, a team of other few Mirages and Su-30MKI combat aircraft kept the Pakistan air force planes away from causing any hindrance or launching any counter-offensive.

Amidst the raging debate in the Indian political arena around Balakot airstrikes’ authenticity and efficacy, a senior Italian journalist has claimed that 130-170 terrorists had died in India’s airstrike in Balakot while 45 injured terrorists are still under treatment by Pakistani Army Doctors, while 20 terrorists have already died during treatment.

Speaking on Monday about the IAF air assault, IAF chief BS Dhanoa had confirmed, “on Balakot let me tell you, Pakistan didn’t come into our airspace. Our objective was to strike terror camps & their’s was to target our army bases. We achieved our military objective. None of them crossed the Line of Control.”

The operation was planned and kept under utter secrecy for the fear of losing the ‘surprise’ factor, critical in the successful completion of such operations. To this end, the operation was code-named as Operation Bandar (Monkey). “In order to maintain secrecy and avoid getting the plans leaked out, the operation was code-named as Operation Bandar,” had disclosed defence personnel recently.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

As Barkha had predicted, the Sibals also blamed the newly-elected Narendra Modi government for the advertisers to back off. Lack of advertising revenues led to deepening of their financial troubles, they claim. 

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Proud to be a brand - Made in India?
Now, Advertise on Opindia

Interview: Former RAW officer makes further shocking revelations about Hamid Ansari after alleging that he endangered lives of RAW officers in Iran

In this exclusive interview, Former RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) officer NK Sood makes further revelations about his time in Iran, Hamid Ansari and the vilified scientist Nambi Narayanan
Tiranga TV boots its employees: Here is why they don't deserve any sympathy

I am a journalist and here is why I have absolutely no sympathy for the ones who joined Tiranga TV

News emerged last night that bouncers had been sent to the offices of Tiranga TV as the employees were holding a silent protest in the premises.

Prime Minister Modi, Hindus are under siege, and now is the right time to speak up

PM Modi will still win elections due to sheer inertia and the pathetic state of the country's opposition but the faith that he commands will take a hit and even if it's among a small section of the support base, it would be a travesty
Supreme court judgements - regional languages

Here are 7 bizarre judgments by the Indian Judiciary that highlight the need for urgent reforms

It's not the first time that the rather bizarre tendencies of the Indian Judiciary have been on display. In this article, we revisit some of them.

Kapil Sibal claims Barkha Dutt was sacked before her tweets, won’t be paid anymore, Barkha says Sibal is lying

As Barkha had predicted, the Sibals also blamed the newly-elected Narendra Modi government for the advertisers to back off. Lack of advertising revenues led to deepening of their financial troubles, they claim. 

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar murdered over ‘friendship with other men’, live-in partner Ashraf Sheikh arrested

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar was found murdered with her head and face smashed on Saturday morning at Chatarpur farms, around 50 KMs away from the Nagpur city, her live-in partner Ashraf Sheikh has been arrested
Karan Thapar tried to impede the construction of the RTR flyover

New RTR flyover finally opens in Delhi: Read how inordinate delays were caused by ‘influential residents’ like Karan Thapar

Prominent journalist Karan Thapar had written a letter to LG opposing the construction of RTR flyover claiming it could become the "matter of life and death"

Conversion at Karnataka High Court? Islamic proselytising organisation distributed Quran among judges and advocates

Salaam Centre engages in 'Dawah' or the Islamic practice of converting non-Muslims to Muslim.
Image Source: Newstate

Campaign to raise funds for Richa Bharti, who was ordered to distribute Quran by Ranchi court, surpasses target within hours

A 19-year old college student, Richa Bharti was ordered to distribute 5 copies of Quran as a condition of bail by the Ranchi court

Jharkhand: Hindu organisations allege bias as girl is arrested for Facebook post on Tabrez Ansari death based on FIR by Islamia committee

Acting on a complaint by the Anjuman Islamia Committee in Pithoria district, Ranchi, over a Facebook post on the Tabrez Ansari death, the Jharkhand police have today arrested a girl named Richa Bharti.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

173,511FansLike
158,511FollowersFollow
74,756SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post