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Apaches were brought to provide close air support to the ground forces, while Chinooks were brought to enable faster deployment of troops and equipment.
A total of 16 aircraft, six each armed with Spice 2000 and Crystal Maze missiles, flew into PoK and struck Balakot terror camp while 4 remained in Indian territory as back-up.
The 36 Rafales that India has already bought from France will come equipped with the BVR Meteor missiles.
To keep the operation a top secret, senior IAF officials did not change daily routines of the pilots to prevent anyone from getting a hint.
The IAF was about to launch Crystal Maze missiles on Balakot, which would have provided a live video feed. But it couldn’t fire them due to protocol.
Court of Inquiry is still in process of pin-pointing exact cause of crash that killed 2 pilots. Difference of opinion among team members and stakeholders.
The 27 February dogfight showed Indian aircraft were outranged by Pakistan Air Force in aerial combat.
The 1 February crash killed two IAF pilots testing the upgraded Mirage 2000 – Squadron Leaders Samir Abrol & Siddhartha Negi.
High-resolution images procured by India show two JeM structures were hit by IAF in Balakot on 26 February.
IAF Mirage veteran accesses new satellite images from DigitalGlobe to firm up evidence of strikes on Jaish camp & update technical analysis of damage.
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