The Indian Air Force has planned a major exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. This is to check responses by IAF in case neighbouring Pakistan plans any other misadventures along the lines of what happened on February 27 when a squadron of its most advanced fighter jets were repulsed and driven back by India in a fierce air-battle in the Nowshera skies.
The Pakistani Air Force had attempted an attack on Indian Army positions on February 27, 2019. Earlier on February 26, Indian Air Force had targeted non-military positions across the LoC in the state
The drill will check response time of the fighter aircraft fleet and the fleets will carry out an extensive drill over entire Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh divisions. Squadrons of Su-30MKi from Punjab and Haryana and Mirage 2000 aircraft will take part in the drills The actions will take place in coordination with the air defence units of the Army deployed along the border and other combat elements of ground forces.
A similar exercise by the Indian Air Force was carried on March 14. The Force carried out a major readiness exercise over Punjab and Jammu in which a large number of fighter aircrafts participated.
During the exercise, Indian Air Force (IAF) jets, including frontline aircraft, flew at supersonic speeds in the border districts including Amritsar in Punjab, as per sources.
The reason for carrying out the combat drill was to be prepared for thwarting any misadventure by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to intrude into the Indian air space, the sources said.
The IAF was on a high alert then since it carried out air strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot town of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunwa province on February 26.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said announced in a press conference in February about the attack, "India on Tuesday carried out air strikes at a massive JeM camp in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, eliminating a large number of terrorists, including top commanders."