Indian Air Strike: IAF tacitly admits failure in Balakot

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The Indian Air Force revealed report regarding the so-called Indian air strike at Balakot.

Indian Air Strike was not accomplished according to plans, as revealed by IAF. The IAF report, Lessons Learnt, acknowledged that changes in software made by Indian technicians to integrate new weapon systems with the Mirage 2000 aircraft used to carry out the strike ‘did not completely work’.

The report follows the Indian external affairs minister’s admission that no Pakistani citizens or military personnel were killed or injured in the action. It also appears to support the ASPI or Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s assessment that the precision-guided munitions (PGMs) used in the strike were incorrectly programmed to fly precisely into their targets.


The IAF report criticised the indigenous skills IAF uses to integrate new weapons systems onto the aircraft it uses. It admitted that that the entire weapons package carried by the IAF jets used in the airstrike ‘was not delivered’, possibly due to changes in software made to integrate new weapon systems with the jets.

The IAF report also pointed out that the IAF could have carried out better ‘weapon-to-target matching’ – the IAF used Israeli-made SPICE 2000 precision-guided penetration bombs over a fragmentation weapon, which flattens structures.

It acknowledged that weather conditions created problems for the IAF warplanes as well.  IAF jets also carried Crystal Maze PGMs, which could not be fired because of heavy cloud cover that prevented pilots from having a line of sight over the target area. “With its backward data linkage, Crystal Maze would have provided a video image of the target being hit which would have helped IAF quell doubts about the effectiveness of its airstrike.

Some other reports, used satellite and other imagery to conclusively prove that IAF warplanes failed to hit anything other than a patch of trees.

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