“We need to back-up our ability to do battle damage assessment” – a critical statement from Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on the first anniversary of the Indian Air Force’s attack on the Balakot terror camp in Pakistan where the government has not been in a position to release images or video of the impact of the hit.
While the Air Force did strike the buildings it targeted using a penetrator version of the Israeli Spice 2000 satellite-guided bomb, the release of images or video “becomes even more important because of the information war that starts after that.” According to Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, “that is one takeaway from this (the Balakot mission) for sure.”
It’s not that the Indian Air Force went into the mission on February 26, 2019 without planning to release imagery of the attack. That part of the plan went awry primarily because the Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fighters were unable to launch six Crystal Maze missiles which were meant to provide a video feed of the attack as they homed in on their targets. None of the Crystal Maze missiles could get a target lock, possibly because of the presence of a low cloud base that day. As a result, the only weapons which were fired were the Spice 2000s which do not provide a return video-feed and are designed to penetrate structures such as buildings to take out ‘soft targets’ such as terrorists inside…