New Delhi: The Indian Army was bringing results but the Indian Air Force (IAF) broke the Pakistani Army’s morale and will to continue holding the heights it had captured in Kargil, former IAF officers said while talking about the 1999 war. Giving credit to air power for playing a decisive role in the Kargil war 20 years ago, they said the recce done and the innovation used by the IAF was the turning point in the Kargil war.
“The IAF delivered fixed armaments on targets which were at an altitude of 15,000 ft and above, something not done in the world before, “ Air Vice Marshal (retd) Man Mohan Bahadur told as the country commemorates the 20th anniversary of ‘Operation Vijay’. Air Vice Marshal Bahadur, who was then the Staff Officer to Air Chief Marshal AY Tipnis, said, “Damages caused by IAF strikes generally helped the Army in taking over those daunting heights.” The precision Laser Guided Bombs (LGB) strike on Tiger Hill is representative of how the IAF adapted difficult and novel circumstances, the IAF officer said.
Group Captain (retd) Sandeep Mehta said, the IAF played a role in breaking the moral and will of the enemy. (IANS)