Indian Air Force released a promotional video showcasing the story of the Balakot airstrike from earlier this year. On Ferbruary 26, IAF had launched an airstrike targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist camp in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The video was released by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria at a press confrence ahead of the Indian Air Force Day, which falls on October 8.
Air Chief Marshal Bhaduria clarified that the video footage in the promotional video was not actually from February 26. The promotional video features shots of fighter jets taking off, dropping missiles and radars zooming in to targets. Meanwhile, the video voiceover that talks about how the Indian Air Force avenged the Pulwama terror attack.
The voiceover is accompanied by visuals of IAF pilots in a briefing room. The pilots are then seen running out to their Mirage-2000 fighter jets and taking off. This is followed by visuals of air traffic control centres as well as shots of radars zooming in to potential targets.
The video also shows the story of the February 27 dogfight between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets with visuals of MiG-21 fighter jets taking off from a runway.
The Balakot airstrike took place around two weeks after a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist rammed a car full of explosives into a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. Forty CRPF jawans were killed in the attack.
On February 26, the Indian Air Force's Mirage-2000 fighter jets took off from various airfields in India. The fighter jets launched smart bombs that targetted Jaish-e-Mohammad's largest terror facility, located in Balakot in Pakistan's Kyber Pakhtunwa.