Indian Air Force to equip Sukhoi-30 fighter jets with Spice-2000 bombs used in Balakot air strikes
The Indian Air Force is equipping its Su-30MKI aircraft with Israeli Spice-2000 bombs which were used to carry out air strikes on JeM terrorists training camp
IAF is equipping its Su-30MKI combat aircraft with the Israeli Spice-2000 bombs
These bombs were used to carry out air strikes on JeM terrorist training camp inside Pakistan
Currently, the only aircraft which is capable of delivering the bombs on enemy targets is the Mirage 2000
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force is equipping its Su-30MKI combat aircraft with the Israeli Spice-2000 bombs which were used by the force to carry out air strikes on the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists training camp inside Pakistan.
Talking about the quick deployment of forces by the Air Force on the western frontier of Pakistan, top Indian Air Force sources told ANI that the force has been successful in doing so due to the exercise GaganShakti held last year where the service practiced to carry out high tempo operations on both the possible fronts.
"At the moment, the only aircraft which is capable of delivering the bombs on enemy targets is the Mirage 2000. But now the Air Force is putting them on the Su-30s as well to further enhance their firepower," government sources told ANI here.
India had acquired more than 200 of these bombs from Israel a few years back and the Su-30MKI has already carried out trials of launching the Spice-2000 on ground targets, they said. "After a few more trials, the Su-30 fleet would be equipped with these bombs which rely on coordinates and satellite pictures of the target to home in and destroy the intended targets," the sources said.
Once the integration is successful, it would be a big force multiplier for the Air Force as the only planes which can launch these bombs right now are the Mirage 2000s. The IAF has only around three squadrons of these planes whereas the service has already inducted more than 250 of these aircraft and has plans of getting around 20 more by the end of next year.
The Air Force used the Spice-2000 bombs extensively during the air strikes on Pakistan on 26 February decimating the intended target in Balakote in Khyber Pakhtunwa province of Pakistan in form of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp.
The attacks were carried out by the Air force to avenge the Pulwama suicide terrorist attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed.
Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar has been active against India for the last almost 20 years after he was released from jail during the Kandhar hijack where terrorists were released in exchange for passengers of the Indian Airlines flight number IC-814.
Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply
The former Pakistan captain, who is playing for Multan Sultans in the ongoing Pakistan Super League here, was not happy on Tuesday night when, during their match against Peshawar Zalmi, the umpires refused to take his cap when he came on to bowl.
Umar Akmal was initially banned for three years from all cricket activities last year for not reporting approaches made to him for spot-fixing in PSL. The Court of Arbitration for Sports has reduced the ban to 12 months.
The tactical step of a limited agreement that seeks only to calm the borders and lessen shelling and artillery exchanges has been imbued with such lofty goals that the move is likely to get crushed under the weight of expectations