Between 3.40 and 3.53 on Tuesday morning, 12 days after the bombing of Pulwama by a terrorist from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, four Mirage 2000 fighters from Tiger Squadron launched Crystal Maze missiles or smart bombs SPICE 2000 The planes were equipped with both: in the Markaz Syed Ahmad Shaheed training camp in Balakot, Manshera, Pakistan, killed, according to intelligence officials, 325 militants and terrorist recruits.
The JeM camp, officials said citing photographic evidence, which they said was not shared with the media, was erased. Crystal Maze missiles have a radius of 100 km and SPICE 2000 smart bombs can use the same guidance technology as missiles to convert conventional bombs into smart ones.
After Pakistan responded in a divergent manner, it initially described the attacks as a failure (but admitted that its airspace was violated), and then branded them an “act of aggression” and reserved its right to react. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the operational readiness of the country’s security forces. with the national security adviser Ajit Doval, three heads of service and two heads of intelligence agencies at night.
Before that, HT finds out, Doval spoke on the phone with his American counterpart, John Bolton, and informed him about the strike and the right of India to defend itself preventively.
Earlier in the day, a few hours after the attack, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale presented India’s position: the attack on Tuesday was a non-military pre-emptive strike; not military because its objective was not military (nor civil for that matter), but rather a base belonging to a non-state actor from Pakistan formed an integral part of its strategy in India.
The clarity of that position, the use of precision bombs and the smoothness of the operation – involved Mirage 2000s and 2000is who carried out the attack, Sukhoi 30s MKI who acted as decoys and were also intended to provide coverage if the Mirages were intercepted, Phalcon AWACS and Embraer AEWS refuellers in the air (two were used), and Heron drones to photograph targets after the attack, indicated the depth of India’s response and, according to analysts, their capabilities.