‘Operation Bandar’: IAF’s code name for Balakot air strikes

NEW DELHI: “Operation Bandar (monkey)”. This was the innocuous sounding code-name given by IAF to the pre-dawn air strikes conducted by its Mirage-2000 fighters against the major Jaish-e-Mohammed training facility at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26, with the aim being to maintain overall secrecy of the operation. The Army, in turn, code-named its heightened…

‘Operation Bandar’: IAF’s code name for Balakot air strikes

NEW DELHI: “Operation Bandar (monkey)”. This was the innocuous sounding code-name given by

IAF

to the pre-damage of day air strikes performed by its Mirage-2000 opponents against the major Jaish-e-Mohammed practicing facility at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26, with the procedure being to withhold total secrecy of the operation.

The Military, in flip, code-named its heightened operational alert and shoring up of defences along the border to thwart a conceivable Pakistan retaliation to the air strikes as “Operation Zafran” (saffron vegetation feeble in cooking), talked about sources on Friday.

The Navy, alternatively, did no longer give any particular name to the deployment of its warships and submarines in the north Arabian Sea because they had been already there as fragment of Tropex-2019 (theatre stage operational readiness recount) underway at that point. The Navy staunch impulsively modified gears to position its recount on withhold and forward deploy its warships and submarines to discourage any misadventure by Pakistan.

“The basis in the help of the name ‘Operation Bandar’ was to provide a nondescript, mundane tag to the air strikes to withhold operational secrecy. It was chosen to create it sound enjoy a routine, slight-time affair,” talked a few provide.

A dozen Mirage-2000s, backed by IL-78 mid-air refuellers and AWACS (airborne warning and management draw) plane, had been deployed in the “strike bundle” against Balakot from Gwalior, Agra and Bareilly, as a replace of forward airbases to retain the a part of shock in the early hours of February 26, as was earlier reported by TOI.

The IAF had also deployed “a decoy bundle” of Sukhoi-30MKIs ostensibly headed towards the JeM headquarters in

Bahawalpur

in the Punjab province to create positive Pakistani strive against air patrols had been lured a ways from the exact “strike bundle” supposed for Balakot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The IAF says it carried out its “strategic and operational procedure of efficiently bombing” the JeM fright facility at Balakot, hitting five of the six designated targets with the Spice-2000 precision-guided penetration bombs let out by the Mirage-2000s.

Nonetheless the IAF did lose the MiG-21 being flown by Cruise Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down an F-16 sooner than he himself ejected and was captured by Pakistani forces, in the aerial skirmish in the Nowshera sector along the Line of Adjust a day after

Operation Bandar

.

Furthermore, as a minimum one senior IAF officer and three others are also facing stringent disciplinary motion for the grave operational lapses that resulted in “friendly fire” bringing down the Mi-17 helicopter – which killed six IAF personnel and a civilian — at Budgam across the same time because the aerial skirmish, as reported by TOI earlier.

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