Balakot Air Strike: India doesn’t hesitate to cross border, says defence minister


India Defence News: In a strong message to Pakistan based terror groups, Indian defence minister Wednesday said that the country’s forces now don’t hesitate in crossing the border to protect the country against terrorism. The Surgical Strikes of 2016 and Balakote Air Strikes of 2019 are testimony to this change. This is certainly a New and Confident India in making, said India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh.

“I salute the Indian Air Force for its unmatched bravery and courage exhibited during Balakote air strikes,” said defence minister Rajnath Singh.

India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing about the change in the country’s approach which is different from earlier governments.

“Now we do not hesitate to cross the border to protect India against terrorism,” asserted the Indian leader.

“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing change in India’s approach against terrorism & our ways to counter terror,” said the defence minister.

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IAF celebrates Balakot Air Strike Anniversary

Indian Air Force Wednesday celebrated the success of its first ever strike on a terror camp inside Pakistan controlled area.

In a symbolic gesture, the top air force officer flew vintage Mig 21 aircraft, as IAF pilot Abhinandan Barthman had shot down an F-16 of Pakistan Air Force with his Mig 21, which was also lost to Pakistan’s counter attack.

Indian Air Force marked the anniversary of its first ever strike on a terror camp located inside Pakistan by organising a formation of five aircraft at Srinagar airbase. IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria led the formation of five aircrafts, comprising one Mig 21 and two Mirage 2000 and two Sukhoi 30 MKIs.

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All three types of fighters were used in different roles in carrying out the daring raid on Pakistan based terror camp.

IAF said: “With the success of Balakote air strikes India has clearly demonstrated its strong will against terrorism.”

Pulwama Terror Attack

Forty CRPF personnel lost their lives when a convoy of CRPF vehicles was hit by a Jaish-e-Mohammaed’s suicide bomber on Jammu-Srinagar highway on February 14, 2019.

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Indian government ordered the air force to destroy a terror camp operated by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan after terrorists affiliated to the group carried out a suicide bomb attack on a convoy of India’s central paramilitary force – CRPF.

Within two weeks, Indian Air Force executed the mission to attack Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terror camp located in Balakot during early hours of February 26, 2019.

India used a mix of French Mirage 2000, Russian Sukhoi 30 MKIs aircrafts, manufactured domestically by HAL, to carry out the raid on JeM terror camp.

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