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IAF chief flies Mirage 2000, force shows capabilities of Spice 2000 used in Balakot strike

Mirage 2000 aircraft also carried out a long-range precision strike against a practice target to mark the second anniversary of 2019 Balakot operation against Pakistan.

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New Delhi: As social media users in both India and Pakistan reacted over the second anniversary of the 2019 Balakot strike, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S Bhadauria Saturday flew solo in a Mirage 2000 aircraft, while the force demonstrated the precision capabilities of the Spice 2000 bomb.

The IAF chief, who just came back from a visit to Bangladesh, visited the Gwalior air base and interacted with the fighter pilots earlier in the day, defence sources said.

He then flew solo on a Mirage 2000 as part of a multi-aircraft sortie with the units to commemorate the Balakot strike along with the Squadron pilots, sources added.

The Mirage aircraft were the ones which carried out the bombing of Jaish-e-Mohammad camps in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Balakot.

The strike was the first ever air operation done by India in Pakistan beyond the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK).

While satellite imagery later revealed that the Israeli Spice 2000 bombs did hit the designated targets, Pakistan went on a propaganda war from the beginning itself claiming that the operation, codenamed Bandar by India, had failed.

Long-range precision strike

The Mirage aircraft also “in the very recent past” fired a Spice 2000, video of which was tweeted out by the IAF Saturday, showing a marked target getting hit by the bomb.

The IAF used the hashtag #NowhereToHide.

It was a long-range precision strike against a practice target to mark the second anniversary of the Balakot operation.

The strike was carried out by members of the same squadron, which had carried out the actual operation.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised the IAF saying the success of Balakot strikes has shown India’s strong will to act against terrorism.

Also read: Inside story of attack on Balakot — from IAF officer who planned and executed it


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  1. Feb 27th was day of defeat for IAF………………….Neither any SU 30 nor any mirage 2000 could fire even a single missile at intruding PAF JF 17 & F 16.

    The only missile IAF fired was to down its own Mi 17 helicopter killing 7 brave soldiers.

    IAF chief should have been fired as IAF was totally unprepared for PAF audacious day time attack although even PM of Pakistan had already confirmed that PAF would retaliate back !!!

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