Indian Air Force carries out major combat drill along border with Pakistan
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out major readiness exercise Thursday night over Punjab and Jammu along the Pakistan border in which a large number of fighter aircraft participated.
During the exercise, IAF jets including frontline aircraft, flew at supersonic speeds in the border districts including Amritsar.
ANI quoting sources said that the reason for carrying out the combat drill was to be prepared for thwarting any misadventure by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to intrude into the Indian airspace.
Two Pakistani fighters were detected on Tuesday night going supersonic 10 kms from the Line of Control (LoC) within the territory of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Poonch sector.
Following this, India put its air defence systems on high alert, government sources said on Wednesday.
In the wake of the development, all Indian air defences and radar systems have been put on high alert.
The Army, navy and the Air Force are in a heightened state of readiness and fully prepared to deal with any provocation by Islamabad since the IAF bombed terror group Jaish-e Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot, deep inside Pakistan early on February 26.
On February 27, Pakistani fighters retaliated and transgressed into the Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir and tried to target Indian military installations before they were chased away.
In the dogfight, one F-16 of Pakistan Air Force was shot down by an IAF MiG-21 Bison. The F-16 crashed and fell across the LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.