‘IAF doesn’t Count Human Casualties’: Air Marshal BS Dhanoa on Balakot Air Strikes

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Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanao on Monday briefed the media on Air Strikes in Balakot (Pakistan) and said India hits our target and can’t tell the number of human casualties. He said, ‘The air force doesn’t calculate casualty numbers, the government does that’. He added, ‘The government will clarify that. We don’t count human casualties, we count what targets we have hit or not. We hit our target. The air force doesn’t calculate casualty numbers, the government does that’ Dhanao said.

While Speaking about the MiG 21 BISON, Dhanao said, ‘One is a planned operation in which you plan & carry out. But when an adversary does a strike on you, every available aircraft goes in, irrespective of which aircraft it is. All aircraft are capable of fighting the enemy”.

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Talking about Wing Commander Abhinandan return to the cockpit, Dhanao said, ‘Whether he (Wing Commander ) flies or not depends on his medical fitness. That’s why post-ejection, he has undergone a medical check. Whatever treatment required, will be given. Once we get his medical fitness, he will get into fighter cockpit’.

While addressing a meet in Coimbatore on Monday, Dhanoa said, the Mig-21 Bison is a capable aircraft, it has been upgraded, it has better radar, air-to-air missiles and better weapons system. The Air Chief Marshal said the target has been clearly amplified by FS in his statement. “If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target, otherwise why would he (Pak PM) have responded, if we dropped bombs in the jungles why would he respond”, he added.

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Indian Air Force on Tuesday, February 26 carried out unprecedented Air Strikes across LoC destroying Balakot JeM Terror Camp. As per reports, 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 kgs of Bomb across LoC in early hours of the Tuesday, Feb 26 completely destroying the Terror Camps. However, Pakistan hasn’t acknowledged any casualties. Countries across the world have lined up in Indian support asking Pakistan to put a check on terror camps within the country.

Indian Air Force conducted Air Strikes 12 days after Pulwama Terror Attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF Personnel.

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