Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today – Tuesday, Oct 8 – recalled the Balakot air strike to say that it marked a major shift in approach to tackling terror attacks.
IAF had on Feb 26 carried out the Balakot air strike on at training camps of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed responsible for Pulwama attack in which 40CRPF personnel lost their lives.
Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, in his speech on Air Force Day marking the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) 87th birthday, said, “The strategic relevance of this (Balakot air strikes) is the resolve of the political leadership to punish the perpetrators of terrorism. There is a major shift in the government’s way of handling terrorist attacks.”
Stressing that the present security environment in the neighbourhood is a case of serious concern, the Air Chief said Pulwama attack is a stark reminder of the persistent threat to defence installations.
The IAF chief said the “present security environment in the neighbourhood is a serious cause of concern,” news agency ANI reported.
“The Pulwama attack is a stark reminder of the persistent threat to defence installations,” Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said.
Earlier, the Chiefs of three services paid floral tributes at the national war memorial on the occasion of 87th Air Force Day.
“On February 26 this year, the IAF successfully struck terrorist camps located at Balakot. On the next day, the IAF successfully thwarted Pakistan Air Force’s attempts to attack our military establishments. In the aerial engagement that followed we shot down a PAF F-16 fighter aircraft and lost a MiG-21,” the IAF chief said in his remarks during Air Force Day press conference.