TUNE IN HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATES AND BREAKING NEWS AS #IndiaStrikesBackA group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it, as per IAF sources. The reported strike comes days after the Pulwama attack, where 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident has escalated tensions between the two neighbours, with New Delhi vowing to take stern action against Islamabad.
The French-made Dassault Mirage-2000 is undoubtedly one of Indian Air Force's (IAF) most versatile and deadliest aircraft. First commissioned in 1985, the Mirage-2000 has lived up to its name Vajra (lightening in Sanskrit) during IAF operations. It played a decisive role in India's Kargil conflict victory and is one of two types of IAF aircraft capable of launching nuclear strikes.
The single-engine aircraft can carry an impressive 14,000 lbs (6350 Kilograms ) of weapons:
The Mirage-2000 is a single-engine delta-wing (triangle shaped) fighter jet. It has a maximum speed of Mach 2.2 and a combat range of nearly 1,000 miles.It has nine pylons on which it can carry a host of different advanced air-to-air, air-to-surface missiles and bombs, targeting pods, and external fuel tanks. It can carry 14,000 pounds worth of external equipment, an impressive feat.
Mirage-2000 top performing fighter jet during Kargil conflict:
In 1999, Mirage-2000s became the IAF's lead fighter in targeting Pakistani intruders in the mountainous Kargil region. Armed with laser-guided bombs, the Vajra destroyed critical enemy positions at Tiger Hill and the major re-supply base in Batalik.