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Balakot airstrike 1st anniversary: Brought paradigm shift in how we conduct operations, says Ex-IAF chief

BS Dhanoa said the Balakot airstrikes acted as a deterrent against any major terror attack during the national general elections conducted in 2019.

February 26, 2020 / 02:55 PM IST
Image: Twitter/ @ani

Image: Twitter/ @ani

On the first anniversary of the Balakot airstrike on terror camps in Pakistan, former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief BS Dhanoa, on February 26, said the operation brought about a paradigm shift in Indian military tactics.

Recounting the success of the operation where Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps were bombed, he said: “It is a paradigm shift in the way we conduct our operations. The other side never believed that we are capable of successfully bombing terror training camps inside Pakistan.”

Speaking to the media about the airstrike, he said, “A year has passed by since we conducted the operation and we look back with satisfaction. We have learnt a lot of lessons and a lot of new things have been implemented after the operations.”

On February 26, 2019, a fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft had bombed a terrorist training camp inside Pakistan to avenge the killing of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, 2019.

The retired IAF officer also said that the operation acted as a deterrent against terrorist attacks during the national general elections conducted through April and May 2019.

A dogfight had ensued between Pakistan Air Force and Indian Force the following the attacks where Pakistani jets had entered into Indian territory. One F-16 jet was shot down by the IAF, while Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured in Pakistan. He was later released and awarded the Vir Chakra.

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first published: Feb 26, 2020 02:53 pm