Two Pakistani fighter aircraft were flagged by Indian air defence radars as they made a supersonic flyby just over 10 km away from the Line of Control near Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night in the Poonch sector.
The Pakistan Air Force jets triggered a loud sonic boom which was heard all around. The two fighter jets were tracked very closely by Indian radars and didn't venture into Indian airspace, with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and air defence systems being on high alert owing to the events of the last month.
The flyby doesn't constitute an airspace-violation, however, as the aircraft didn't venture within 10 km of the LoC.
It had been on February 27 that the Pakistan Air Force had attempted an incursion into Indian airspace, sending in a large complement of fighter planes - 24-strong - that ingressed into India in the Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The PAF fighters were intercepted by IAF fighters because of which they weren't able to accomplish their intended goal of attacking India's military installations.
An aerial battle had then broken out between the two sides in which IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan brought down a Pakistani F-16, following which he was pursued and eventually brought down by ground fire. The Wing Commander's MiG-21 Bison was lost, though he did manage to eject and was captured after landing in Pakistan-controlled territory. After relentless and inexorable pressure was mounted by India demanding his release, he was handed over to India at the Wagah border little over two days later.
On the same day as the aerial battle in Kashmir, the Pakistan Air Force had also attempted an intrusion at the Anupgarh area of Rajasthan but was thwarted. As per Republic TV's inputs, the package of the Pakistan Air Force comprised 10-12 fighter jets but the IAF's state of alertness at the time forced them to turn back.
On March 4, a Pakistan drone was shot down by the IAF, with the remains landing in Pakistan-controlled territory.