Air strike by Indian Air Force. India Strikes Back.
Ye Naya Hindustan hai ye ghar me ghusega bhi aur marega bhi (This is new India. It will enter your territory and will also attack)
What just happened??
The above lines were justified by the Indian Air force on the morning of 26th February 2019. Time: 3:30 a.m. Date: 26th February 2019, when we were sleeping The Indian Air Force did the unexpected. Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets struck joint training camps of JeM and LeT inside Pakistan and completely destroyed them buy shelling 1,000 kg bombs.
Why the location is historic??
They hit three targets. Out of them one was Balakot. It is a historic high for IAF because it not only crossed the LoC (Line of Control) but also they crossed the entire PoK(Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) and hit the target inside Khyber, Pakhtutwa. IAF has hit the targets inside Pakistan after many decades.
Why was it unexpected??
I used the word unexpected because of two reasons: 1. In September 2016 the Indian Army had conducted The Surgical Strike and everybody was expecting that kind of action by the Indian Army. 2. Over the few decades IAF was reduced to do rescue operations and airlifting people. So most people did not expect that the IAF would respond like this.
But to the surprise the Indian Air Force responded and responded like it never did. All those practices and exercises over the years proved fruitful when the IAF carried out the attack with 100% perfection.
The plane MIRAGE 2000
Dassault Aviation, Yes, you heard that right, this Mirage 2000 is also a product of Dassault Aviation. Dassault, the name that every Indian knows today thanks to the Rafale controversy.
The Mirage-2000 is undoubtedly one of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) most versatile and deadliest aircraft and it was first commissioned in 1985. Soon after inducting the Mirage, IAF gave it the name – Vajra – meaning lightening thunderbolt in Sanskrit. India had placed an initial order of 36 single-seater Mirage-2000 and 4 twin-seater Mirage 2000 in 1982 as an answer to Pakistan buying US-made F-16 fighter jets by Lockheed Martin.
The Mirage-2000 played a decisive role in the 1999 war of Kargil and turned it in India’s favour.
Seeing the success of the jets, the government placed an additional order of 10 Mirage-2000 planes in 2004, taking the total tally to 50 jets. Then in 2011 a contract was signed to upgrade the existing Mirage-2000 jets to Mirage 2000-5 Mk, increasing the life of the jets that are now ready to serve till 2030. Dassault built an estimated 580 Mirage-2000s over a course of 30 years before replacing it with the Rafale MMC jets.
The Mirage 2000 uses a single shaft engine that is light and simple as compared to other fighter jet engines.
It is ideally designed to seat a single fighter pilot, but can be made into a twin-seat jet depending on the armed forces requirements.
It weighs 7500 kg (dry) and has a total takeoff weight of 17000 kg.
It has a maximum speed of Mach2.2 (2336kmph) and can travel 1550 km with drop tanks.
The flight height is capped at 59000 ft (17 km).
· Comparison with other Indian jets
Russia made Sukhoi Su30Mki has a speed of Mach 2(2120 kmph) , slower than the Mirage 2000 and heavy too. So this gives Mirage 2000 an advantage in quick operations.
A total of 583 Mirage-2000 fighter jets were built over a course of 30 years and its successor Rafael has already been ordered by the IAF.
Not only is the Mirage-2000 a trusted partner in India’s previous success in Kargil, it is also immensely capable to carry out Surgical Strikes and attacks whenever possible, thanks to its load-carrying capacity, precision, Laser Guided Bombs and latest technology updates!
So, the Mirage 2000, historic for the IAF will no longer function after 2030 but its successor Rafale is expected to fill up its boots.
It’s time to be ready for anything. It’s time to eliminate terrorists and expose the countries which are homes to these terrorists.
Only my 2nd blog but i am glad that I’ve the privilege to describe the bravery of the Indian Air Force just in my 2nd blog.
Will be back soon.