Pakistan nervous as Air Force takes this step on border

New Delhi, May 15: The recent air skirmish with Pakistan in the aftermath of Balakot airstrike has prompted the Indian Air Force to make changes to the deployment of its air defence units.

According to a report in ANI, some of the air defence units and other defence formations may be moved closer to the border with Pakistan.

"With these units deployed closer to the border, we will be able to tackle any possible aerial strike from the enemy close to the border," ANI quoted an army officer as saying.

The location of air defence units in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat were reportedly reviewed and several among them may be moved closer to the international border.

The IAF strike on the Balakot training camp of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was prompted by a suicide attack on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Pulwama which led to the martyrdom of around 40 soldiers.

It was the first IAF strike on mainland Pakistani territory since the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971.

According to an Italian freelance journalist, the bombing of the terrorist training camp on February 26 killed between 130 to 170 terrorists.

In response to that strike, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) dispatched a contingent of 24 fighter aircraft the next day in an attempt to strike Indian military assets in Jammu and Kashmir. 

But they could only venture a couple of kilometres inside Indian territory before fighter planes scrambled by the IAF forced them to turn back.

India lost a MIG-21 Bison while the PAF suffered the loss of an F-16 in that skirmish.

News24 Bureau

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