Following the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists training camp in Balakot on 26 February, the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) tried to carry out similar attacks next day on Indian military installations but failed to do so, ANI has reported.
“On 27 February, the Pakistani Air Force with its package of more than 20 planes led by the American F-16s along with the French Mirage-IIIs and Chinese JF-17, fired 11 H-4 1,000 kg bombs from ranges of around 50 km inside their territory at military targets at three locations but failed to hit any of them,” government sources were quoted in the ANI report as saying.
According to the report, the H-4 bombs fired by the Mirage-IIIs of PAF are classified as stand-off weapons that can be launched form a distance to aid quicker evasive manoeuvre of jets firing them. These H-4s, made by Pakistan with assistance of South Africa, are similar to the Spice-2000 bombs that were used by IAF in the Balakot strikes.
“These H-4s are not very accurate and missed their targets,” government sources were quoted as saying by ANI. They added that in one of the attacks on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, the building was protected by a huge tree which managed to deflect the Pakistani bomb.
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