/ IAF airstrike: Bombs worth Rs 1.7 crore, josh of pilots... priceless

India Today : Feb 26, 2019, 06:15 PM

The Indian Air Force (IAF) laser-guided bombs worth approximately Rs 1.7 crore to destroy the biggest Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot area 1,000 kg of bombs each worth 56 lakh were dropped by IAF to attack the biggest JeM terror camp. A total of 200-300 terrorists including some top Jaish commanders were neutralised. At least 12 IAF Mirage 2000 aircraft each worth Rs.214 crore part in mission.

An Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft worth Rs 1,750 crore also kept a 36-degree watch on Pakistani airspace to keep an eye out for enemy aircraft during the operation.

An Ilyushin mid-air refilling tanker worth Rs 22 crore and IAF's Heron surveillance drone worth Rs 80 crore also contributed to the mission.

Meanwhile, 3 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKI air superiority aircraft (each worth Rs 358 crore) were on standby in Indian Territory during the course of the 21-minute long mission. 5 MiG 29s (each worth Rs 154 crore) were also on alert on the ground.

At least 12 IAF Mirage 2000 aircraft-each worth Rs 214 crore-took part in the main mission. They took off from the Gwalior airbase armed with 225 kg GBU-12 conventional laser-guided bombs kitted with American-built precision guidance.