India Signs Rs 300 Crore Deal With Israel to Procure Advanced Version of SPICE-2000 Bombs Which IAF Used to Conduct Air Strikes In Balakot

India on Thursday signed a deal worth Rs 300 crore with Israel to acquire 100 SPICE Bombs with high explosive war heads for the Indian Air Force. The deal was signed under emergency provisions. The bombs which India is procuring are advanced version of SPICE-2000 bomb. According to reports, deliveries of these 100 bombs would be completed in the next three months. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

Interestingly, the IAF used these SPICE-2000 bombs while carrying out air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) headquarters in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 in retaliation to February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were martyred. Terror organisation JeM took responsibility for the attack. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

SPICE-2000 bombs when dropped, create hole in the rooftops and explodes inside the building killing all those present there. However, the advanced version which India is now procuring have the capability to decimate the enemy buildings. The SPICE bombs are manufactured by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It is the first defence deal signed by the Narendra Modi government after returning to power in May this year.

(Picture Courtesy: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)

Two Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Gunned Down in Jammu And Kashmir’s Anantnag on Thursday; 71 Terrorists Killed So Far in 2019, 43 After Pulwama Attack

Two terrorist were gunned down by security forces on Thursday in Bijbehara town of South Kashmir in Anantnag district. A joint operation was carried out by the Indian Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. A cordon and search operation was launched by the joint team of security forces in Bangandar Mohalla of the town following an input about the presence of terrorists in the area. The encounter broke out after the terrorists opened fire on the security forces. According to reports, the terrorists belonged to Hizbul Mujaheedin terrorist group. Government Sanctions Over Rs 600 Crore To Procure More Mine-Protected Vehicles For Paramilitary Forces.

After this encounter, 71 terrorists have been eliminated so far this year. Meanwhile, on Wednesday addressing a joint press conference of the state police and the Indian Army, Director General of Police in Jammu & Kashmir Dilbag Singh said, “Recruitment of local youth continues to be low, it is a healthy sign. 272 terrorists were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended.” INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

Lt Gen KJS Dhillon Addressing the Media:

 

Adding further, Lt General KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps, said, “Total 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), 13 of them were Pakistanis.” Speaking about the presence of JeM terrorists in the valley, the General-rank officer said, “We have targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed leadership, the situation now is that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley.” He also said that the Army is continuing operations in the Kashmir Valley with full vigour.

Government Sanctions Over Rs 600 Crore To Procure More Mine-Protected Vehicles For Paramilitary Forces

After the February 14 Pulwama attack, the Indian government will soon procure mine-protected vehicles for paramilitary forces including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) for the movement of troops in Naxal-hit areas and Jammu and Kashmir. These vehicles will also help National Security Guards (NSG), an anti-terror force during encounters. IAF’s Tejas-MK1 Front Runner to Bag Aircraft Contract of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Pakistan’s JF-17, South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle Also in Race.

A total of Rs  613.96 have been sanctioned to the paramilitary forces for the procurement of additional mine-protected vehicles, bullet-proof jackets and other equipment. Around six personnel can travel in one four-wheeled vehicle. According to Home Ministry official, these mine-protected vehicles will increase capabilities of the paramilitary forces in countering improvised explosives devices (IEDs) in Naxalism-hit areas and in Kashmir Valley. India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha.

Additional Rs  16.84 crore has also been sanctioned to the NSG for the purchase of seven remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) which would help the force to carry out surveillance inside buildings, buses, Metro and railway stations. These ROVs can climb a staircase or a slope of at least 45 degrees with a weight of 8kg. In addition to this, the ROVs will have modular mount for weapon system, de-armer disrupter and real-time viewing system with X-ray. Meanwhile, the NSG has already procured the Renault Sherpa Light Armoured personal carrier.

After the Pulwama attack, the Ministry of Home Affairs had also approved entitlement of air travel on four routes involving Jammu and Kashmir for all jawans of Central Armed Police Forces. Earlier, Constable, Head Constable and ASI rank officials of paramilitary forces were not eligible for the air travel.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@SpokespersonMoD)

Inspired by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Over 2,000 Kashmiri Youths Take Part in Indian Army Recruitment Drive

Pakistan is trying its best to create disturbance in the Kashmir valley, but Kashmiri youths unaffected by such wicked tactics of the neighbouring country lined up for the Indian Army recruitment drive. On Saturday over 2000 Kashmiri youths took part in a recruitment rally of the Territorial Army in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. Amongst the youths appeared for the recruitment rally told the media that they were inspired by Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s bravery. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

According to reports, there were 59 vacant posts for four districts — Udhapmur, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar. Earlier on February 19 also, Several Kashmiri youths took part in an army recruitment drive in Baramulla district. The recruitment was done for the 111 vacant posts in Indian Army. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

Meanwhile, on March 9, 152 Kashmiri youths after clering the rigorous training got recruited in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) Regiment of the Indian Army. According to areport of India Today, One of the young soldiers Ishfaq Rasool hails from Pulwama, where the dastardly attack took place.

Addressing the soldiers of JKLI and their family, Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps, appealed to Kashmiri youths not to join terrorism. He said, “”I request all the mothers of Kashmir to please request their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the mainstream. Anyone who has picked up the gun in Kashmir will be eliminated, unless he surrenders.” Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda.

On February 14, 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred in a suicide attack arried out by Jaish-E-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. After the attack, relations touched he rock bottom. On February 26, 12 Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror camps of JeM in Pakistan’s Balakot. In retaliation, the very next day, fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. The IAF fighter jets intercepted PAF aircraft.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprising of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, apart from Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile. The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1.

 

Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda

Pakistan today claimed that its navy chased away the Indian Naval submarine after it entered its waters on March 4. A Pakistani Navy spokesperson said that they used its specialised skills to ward off the submarine, successfully keeping it from entering Pakistani waters. The spokesperson further added that the Indian submarine was not targeted keeping in view Pakistan’s policy of peace. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

The Pakistani Navy also released a video allegedly of the Indian submarine. The video, shot from air, shows the mast of a submarine above water. However sources in the Indian Navy rejected the Pakistan’s claims. The navy said that it remain deployed as necessary to protect National Maritime Interests. The Indian Navy further added that over the past several days have witnessed Pakistan indulging in false propaganda and it do not take cognisance of such propaganda. Its deployment remains undeterred, added the Navy. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Today’s development came amid the increasing tensions between both the countries following the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge the February 14 Pulwama attack. JeM claimed responsibility of the attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred.

Pulwama Attack: Over 40 CRPF Jawans Martyred; Here is The List of Major Terror Attacks by JeM Against India

On February 14, India lost over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in a suicide attack in Awantipora of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack. The 22-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar carried out the attack. He rammed his car carrying 80 kgs of explosive into one of the buses of the convoy. Naik Buta Singh Martyred While Serving at 2nd Highest Post in Sikkim, Air India Staff, Passengers Stand Up to Honour Indian Army Soldier, Watch Video

A day after the attack, India scrapped the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status from Pakistan. India also accelerated the process to isolate Pakistan globally. Countries around the globe condemned the attack and asked the Pakistan to stop providing safe haven to terrorists. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s all-weather ally China ducked the question of supporting India in declaring Azhar Masood, the JeM chief a global terrorist. While paying homage to the martyrs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a wow to give befitting reply to the perpetrators of the attack. However, Pakistan refused any hand in the attack.

In December 1999, Masood along with two other terrorists were released after terrorists hijacked the Indian Airlines Flight 814 scheduled to fly from Kathmandu to Delhi, and diverted it to Kandahar, where they were looked after by the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani officials stationed at the airport. Masood then formed the JeM with the help of  Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Major terrorist attacks by JeM apart from Pulwama Attack of February 14:

  • On April 20, 2000, JeM carried out the first suicide bombing in Kashmir, exploding a bomb in an Indian army barracks. Five Indian soldiers were martyred in the attack.
  • In October 2001, JeM carried out a bombing near the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly, killing 38 people and claiming responsibility for it.
  • In December 2001, JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists launched a suicide attack on the Indian Parliament in which eight security personnel were martyred.
  • In January 2016, the group attacked on the Pathankot air base in which seven security personnel were martyred.
  • In September 2016, JeM terrorists attacked the Indian brigade headquarters in Uri. A total of 19 Indian soldiers were martyred in the attack. After the attack, the Indian Army conducted surgical strike in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).