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Secret Air Strikes in 2002

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Lion of Rajputana, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. Lion of Rajputana

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    Maybe more such operations happened in the past.
    These are coming out slowly after the more "public surgical strike".
     
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    Yea, I found it really interesting and figured people on here might like it too; and I do hope we get to read and hear more about these types of things from now on.
     
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    Isko dusri forum mei post kro aur mje lo :scare:
     
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    From PKS .......

    "
    Some significant details have been left out or wrongly written due to lack of research on the writer's part. Here are the details:

    To me, some of the real heroes of the IAF’s OP Safed Sagar was the team headed by the then Director of Air Operations (Offensive), Air Commodore Subhash Bhojwani, who, after being unceremoniously replaced as the IAF spokesman within 72 hours of OP Safed Sagar, had by May 29 discovered, even though belatedly, that a single RAFAEL-built Litening-2 LDP was lying idle at the facilities of the IAF’s Bengaluru-based ASTE (it had arrived a few months earlier for systems integration with the Mirage 2000 and Jaguar IS). With the permission of his immediate superior, Air Vice Marshal S K Malik, the then Additional Assistant Chief-of-Air Staff (Operations), Bhojwani on May 30, through the Indian DA at the Indian Embassy in Israel, sent a most-urgent SOS to Israel’s Ministry of Defence and through it to RAFAEL immediately re-assemble the Israeli team of systems integrators (who had flown back to Israel by May 19, 1999 for taking part in the annual Shavout festivities) back in Bengaluru so that the lone Litening-2 LDP could be integrated with a Mirage 2000TH on a war-footing (similar to what the RAF did with the Ferranti-built TIALD LDP in early 1991 during OP Desert Storm). This was achieved by June 20 & new weapons delivery techniques were quickly developed & validated by TACDE at a hastily improvised instrumented weapons delivery range off Nainital. It was the result of all this that on the night of June 24, 1999 the Pakistani intruders on Tiger Hill top were hit with a 1,000lb Paveway-2 LGB that was launched by a Litening-2 LDP-equipped No7 Sqn Mirage 2000TH from No7 Sqn.

    The CCS approved a proposal of the Air Force in May 1996 for procurement of 15 laser designator pods with thermal imagery for fitment on 10 Jaguars and 5 Mirage-2000 aircraft and modification of 30 Jaguar aircraft for carrying the pods at a total cost of Rs.125 crore. The Ministry concluded a contract with foreign firm in November 1996 for procurement of 15 laser designator pods with thermal imagery at a total cost of US $ 27.11 million, equivalent to Rs.95 (1US$ = Rs.35) crore to be delivered between March 1998 and February 1999 in two phases. The flight test and certification on Jaguar aircraft, which was planned to be conducted by March 1998, was completed by the ASTE (Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment), only in December 1999, after a delay of 20 months. The delays were attributable mainly to delay in software development and change in modification scheme of the aircraft by HAL owing to mechanical problems. Similarly, certification on Mirage-2000 aircraft was also delayed by nine months. Only one twin seater Jaguar aircraft had been modified by HAL, Bangalore as of May 2000 and the fleet modification of 29 Jaguars was yet to commence. Fitment of an autopilot on the Jaguars is mandatory for executing missions with laser designator pods. While the availability of autopilots for Jaguar aircraft is unlikely at least before 2002, mismatch and inadequate planning have seriously undermined the fleet modification of Jaguars with laser designator pods.


    Also take not of that attack on Loonda Post, which the writer has failed to identify:

    Apart from extensively practising high-altitude precision bombing during Operation Parakram along the India-Pakistan border, the IAF also sharpened its skills in conducting helicopter-borne operations with special forces of the Army. The IAF has since publicly acknowledged their role in dislodging Pakistani intruders from an Indian post in the Gurez-Machal sector in J & `K towards the end of July. This incident, as reported earlier, came to be known as the 'Kargil-II intrusion'. The 10-month-long forward deployment was also used to get a measure of the extent of coverage of the Pakistani air-defence radars. Satellite imagery and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) were extensively used to detect and pinpoint enemy radars. As for the 'Kargil-II' incident, the IAF had pressed into service four Mirage-2000s to launch "pin-pointed ground attack operations" with laser-guided bombs to dislodge the Pakistani soldiers who had intruded into Indian territory. By the time the intruders were detected by Indian soldiers, they had occupied a strategic hill feature, the Loonda Post, overlooking the Neelam Valley. Both the countries suffered several casualties in the operation. "We did what we had to... the Army had asked for our help and we went ahead and did what was required," said a senior official, responding to questions on the 'Kargil-II' incident. In the August 2, 2002 operation, the IAF used four Mirage-2000s for a precision-guided attack to blast out Pakistani soldiers from their positions at Loonda post. They were well entrenched. Twelve IAF fighters were in the air when the operation was launched. Pakistan troops had not occupied any strategic post on the Indian side of LoC during July 2002. However, in the last week of July 2002, there was a minor Pakistan intrusion, approximately 800 meters on our side of LoC in the area of Point 3260, a relatively low feature having little tactical significance. The intrusion was evicted by appropriate action of ground troops and Air Force on August 2, 2002. Point 3260 is not considered tactically important and viable for physical occupation by our own troops. Being in close proximity of the LoC and the area not being physically occupied, Pakistan troops and intruded into this area. However, since the area is regularly patrolled by our own troops, they observed presence of some Pakistan troops in the area of Point 3260 on July 26, 2002, a suitable action was taken by the Indian troops to evict the intrusion and to restore the sanctity of the LoC. "

    :LMAO: :tank:
     
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