A Mirage-2000 fighter firing a MICA Air-To-Air missile, the jets carried them for air defence

Hyderabad: The strikes by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on terror training camps in Pakistan apparently have a Hyderabad connection, with the city-based Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) playing a crucial role in the background. The laser-guided bombs that were dropped on the terror camps are believed to have been developed at the DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) here. However, officials are tight-lipped about the same and have refused to divulge any details. Fitted with Israeli Litening targeting pods, the Mirage jets armed with laser guided bombs carried out the operation with precision.

A couple of days after the terrorist attack on the CRPF convoy at Pulwama, senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Defence conducted a series of meetings with DRDO officials in New Delhi, it is learned. Retired Group Captain GJ Rao said the laser guided bombs would hit the target with accuracy and destroy the camps effectively. Weaponry and technology developed indigenously or imported could have used for carrying out the strikes, he added.