“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this”
These are the words of Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and this letter was mailed to nearly 12,000 IAF officers.
Air Chief Marshal stressed the IAF officials to be ready for operations at short notice. So does this mean that there will be an attack on Pakistan by the Indian Air Force?
The Air Force said that it is a part of internal communication but it seems like Pakistan has decoded the hidden meaning of the letter.
Immediately Pakistan Air Force declared to operationalise all its forward bases in response to Indian ‘threats,’ and PAF chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman’ flew on a Mirage Fighter Trainer to supervise war exercises near Skardu area in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan had increased its security across the border significantly. It focused more on deploying its Air Force. So is Pakistan expecting a surgical strike from Indian Air Force this time? If the surgical strike is done by the Indian Air Force then it is hard to deny the attack unlike the strike done in Sept 2016. Previously Pak denied of surgical strike conducted by Indian Army.
During the surgical strike in 2016, Pakistan had lost majority of its terror launch pads. So this time to protect it, Pak has moved its terror launch pads to heavy civilian areas. After the surgical strike the terror pads were disabled but now they have again started to build it.
The Pakistan occupied Kashmir is under strict watch of the Indian Air Force. IAF has effectively used its local intelligence and also used satellites to keep an eye on the POK activities. When suitable time comes, IAF will strike to wash out a huge number of terrorists.
Presently Pakistan is keeping a strict vigil on the LOC and various international borders. Pak Air Force has kept fighter jets and its pilots in standby mode.
Upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft’s of Indian Air Force already are equipped with Israeli Popeye air-to-surface missiles which can be used to destroy targets that are hardened and fortified. Popeye missiles provide IAF with a very potent strike capability due to its reported range of 100 kms.
India has huge advantage compared to Pakistan as our Army capability is around twice that of Pakistan, IAF is 1.6 times bigger and Indian Navy is around three times more capable.
India’s double advantage over its adversaries is provided by the BrahMos cruise missiles, which have changed the nature of air power considerably. With a speed of Mach 2.8, that translates to 952 meters per second, these missiles make virtual radars of the enemies defunct in the sense that even if they are detected at a range of 30 kilometres, they will give the enemy less than 30 seconds before they are tracked, illuminated and shot down.
The result could be that the BrahMos missiles can cause massive damage to the enemy’s tanks, air bases, ships, and command and communication centres, a task which, earlier, was assigned to a fighter pilot with jet fighters. Interesting thing is that the BrahMos missiles are produced in India itself, in a joint venture with Russia.
So if India makes a surgical attack through Indian Air Force, then Pakistan definitely will face huge lose. For India, providing proof won’t be a tough task.