Just watched parts of the Military Lit Fest video too. Something I was unaware of was (Sameer Joshi mentions just past 54:00) that there is a misconception that all AIM-120C5s were fired at D-Max1 range. He mentions that at least 2 were fired around 30 Km range and the Su-30MKIs still evaded them. This was a planned ambush - earlier shots at D-Max1 were bait and when we successfully evaded & rengaged, they used the time to move into position for the close in NEZ shots - and we still made them miss - I am in awe! Wikipedia claims C5 NEZ to be 20 Km. That would take some amazing situational awareness, extreme maneuvering, Jamming / ECM, all working well. Just shows the quality of skills, level of training and nerves of steel. You can hear that respect, pride, and emotion in Sameer Joshi's voice.
Some would question if the Su-30MKIs were within 30 Km why didn't we fire if we were fired upon. I know we have spoken about RoEs or lack of a firing solution for our R-77s - that's been discussed already. I just want to highlight that our pilots did what they needed to do - they went cold, evaded and then got back into the fight - thus denied PAF their primary objective of downing a Su-30MKI and made them miss their secondary ground target as well.
srin wrote:Sorry I'm late to the party. I finally watched the unfair video. And surprised by what we have *not* discussed here.
Did she begin her comments saying integrity is hard to find on the panel (that had ACM Dhanoa on it)? Or am I misinterpreting her words?
I'd be more convinced with her statements if she had said that the evidence was not fully convincing for the world and she has an open mind. But she says that we did not hit the targets and did not down the F16, as if she knows. Essentially calling the ACM a liar?
Not sure why she was so surly the whole time. Is it her default state?
Her demeanor aside, I believe Ms. Fair was at least right about the meeting of the National Command Authority. They seem to want to threaten nukes at a drop of a hat, so we should not read too much into them holding that meeting. What is significant is that we called their nuclear bluff anyway.
But then after that she does go on to mention that avionics experts say that "this particular MiG-21 Bison was superior in almost every respect to that particular F-16" - Wow!