Luxtor wrote:Why were we jumping up and down in joy when we used Mirage 2000's in Kargil conflict as performing superbly? Isn't the successful engagement of the ground targets is based on the capability of the launched weapon itself rather than the launch platform? Couldn't those LGBs be fired from our MiGs, Sukhois or Jaguars? I can understand the celebration at the time if there was aerial combat between our Mirages and Puki F-16s and our boys wasted some F-16s.
The IAF used only 6 LGBs. Most of the bombs were dumb bombs and that required manual release by pilots - so it was pilot skill there. The Jaguar could not be used at those altitudes. No other aircraft had the capability to attack from that altitude both day and night.
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Histo ... PCamp.html
The key to the Mirages success was being able to reach its operating altitude and hitting the target with LGB’s and conventional weapons, twenty-four hours a day.