The Indian Air Force (IAF), Army and Navy on Thursday held a joint press conference at Delhi’s South Block and said that they were on high alert and ready to deal with any misadventure of Pakistan amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-powered nations. Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor told the media at a tri-service press conference that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) breached the Indian airspace west of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
The Pakistani attempt was to target Indian military installations but the Pakistani jets were forced to retreat by Indian MiG, Sukhoi and Mirage aircraft.
Major General Surendra Singh Mahal said that PAF's targets on Wednesday included a Brigade Headquarters, a Battalion Headquarters and logistics installations in Jammu and Kashmir. He said Indian weapons systems had been put on high alert and mechanized forces had been placed on standby.
"As long as Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists, we will continue to target the terror camps," Major General SS Mahal added.
Rear Admiral DS Gujral said: "The Indian Navy is deployed in a high state of readiness and remains poised in three dimensions - surface, under the sea and in the air to deter, prevent and defeat any misadventure by Pakistan in the maritime domain.
"I can assure you of a resolute, swift and strong response by the Navy whenever needed," he said.
Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan early on Tuesday. It came 12 days after the Jaish claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.
Here are all the updates here:
7: 26 pm: We have evidence to show that whatever we wanted to do and targets we wanted to destroy, we have done that. The decision to show the evidence is on senior leadership: Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor
7: 25 pm: Visuals of cover of AARAM missile fired from Pakistani F-16 aircraft found near the LoC in India
Visuals of cover of AARAM missile fired from Pakistani F-16 aircraft found near the LoC in India pic.twitter.com/qHdOm5cDqN— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2019
7: 20 pm: Premature to say number of casualties on the camp, whatever we intended to destroy we got that result: Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor
7: 18 pm: As long as Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists, we will continue to target the terror camps: Major General Surendra Singh Mahal
7: 16 pm: We are ready for any misadventure by Pakistan and we are ready for resolute action. We want to ensure safety and security of our citizens: Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral
7:16 pm: Indian Army remains poised in all three surfaces to deter and defeat any misadventure by Pakistan. We stand as one with the Army and Air Force: Rear Admiral Dalbir Singh Gujral
7: 15 pm: The Indian Army is committed to maintain peace and stability in the region: Maj Gen Surender Singh
7: 15 pm: IAF is happy that Wing Commander Abhinandan is returning tomorrow: Air Vice Marshall RGK Kapoor
7: 14 pm: There is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission through their electronic signatures. Parts of AMRAAM, air to air missile which is carried only on the Pakistani F-16s was recovered east of Rajouri within the Indian territory.
7: 13 pm: One Pakistani F-16 was shot down by an IAF MiG 21 Bison Aircraft. East of Rajouri, parts of F-16 have been recovered, inside Indian territory: Air Vice Marshall RGK Kapoor
7: 12 pm: 2 PAF pilots were seen ejecting from the F-16 that was hit with a missile by our MiG-21 Bison. Pak says no F-16s used in the operation. We have evidence in the form of AMRAAM parts found east of Rajouri & electronic signatures captured.
7: 12 pm: "IAF fighters were tasked to intercept the intruding Pakistani aircraft and managed to thwart them. Although PAF jets dropped bombs, they were not able to cause any damage": Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor
7: 11 pm: The IAF aircraft foiled their attack. They were unable to cause any damage to our military installations: IAF
7: 10 pm: Pakistan aircraft were targeting military installations, like the Brigade HQ. But due to the alertness of IAF, their efforts were foiled
7: 10 pm: On Feb 27, IAF radars detected a Pakistan aircraft heading towards Indian territory. IAF fighters were tasked to intercept Pakistan's aircraft: Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor
7:10 pm: IAF fighters were tasked to intercept the intruding Pakistani aircraft and managed to thwart them. Although PAF jets dropped bombs, they were not able to cause any damage: Air Vice Marshall RGK Kapoor
7:10 pm: Pakistan claimed that they intentionally dropped weapons on open areas, but the fact is Pakistan targeted military assets: Air Vice Marshall RGK Kapoor
7:08 pm: They were intercepted by IAF aircraft.
7:05 pm: Pakistan air force breached the air territory.
7:00 pm: Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor to be present at the conference