New Delhi: The Indian Air Force on Tuesday mounted a massive offensive on terror buds breeding in Pakistan by carrying out ‘non military pre-emptive air strikes’ on three Jaish-e-Mohammed camps. Also Read - Pakistan Restores Bank Accounts of Hafiz Saeed, His Four Top Aides: Report
Twelve Mirage 2000 crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in wee hours of February 26 and dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided six bombs on JeM hideouts in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Chakothi and Muzaffarabad and Balakot in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province . Also Read - Schools, Colleges Reopening: Pakistan to Restart Educational Institutes From September 15
Soon after the attack, New Delhi claimed that the air strikes killed nearly 300 Jaish terrorists. Also Read - US Bans Pakistan International Airlines Flights After Pilot License Scandal
What You Need to Know About Mirage 2000:
- The Mirage 2000 aircraft was chosen because of its ability to hit long-range targets with “pin-point” accuracy and drop a range of bombs and missiles including laser-guided ones.
- The French-designed jet can travel at more than twice the speed of sound, or at Mach 2.2 (2,336 kmph). It is capable of flying at an altitude of 59000 ft (17km).
- The Mirage also is fitted with the state-of-the art Thales RDY 2 radar system and a fly-by-wire flight control system with a Sextant VE-130 HUD, or heads up display that allows the pilot to see all the flight, navigation, target and weapons information in a virtual display array.
- Indian Air Force sources said the aircraft was preferred as it is capable of long-range engagement of targets and the assessment was that it can record 100 per cent success rate.
- The multi-role, single engine jet is usually a single-pilot fighter with a range of about 1,500 km. The Mirage 2000 was first commissioned in 1985, when it was given the name Vajra, or thunderbolt.