IAF MiG-23 armed ahead of the strike

The IAF fighter jets, including MiG-21 and MiG-29 attacked Pakistani posts during the 1999 Kargil War starting today 20 years back

Indian Air Force has shared images of MiG fighter jets remembering the first day of air attack on Pakistani posts and supply lines during the Kargil War 20 years ago. The images shared on Twitter show a MiG-23 ready with ammunition, a MiG-27 getting ready for the flight and a MiG-29 giving cover to the strike aircrafts. Apart from the mentioned jets, there was also the trusted MiG-21 Bison fighter jet, the same plane piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan to destroy the Pakistan Air Force's F-16 Falcon.
The first tweet by IAF reads- "#RememberingKargil #OpSafedSagar Morning of 26 May 1999: IAF commenced air ops by attacking enemy positions & supply lines. First strike was launched at 0630hrs by MiG-21, MiG-27ML & MiG-23BN fighters."

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The operation by IAF was called Operation Safed Sagar and proved critical in deciding the result of the war in favour of India. Another tweet by IAF reads - "MiG-29 on Combat Air Patrol provided Air Defence cover to strike aircraft. Post strike, Canberra carried out recce to assess the damage inflicted on the enemy."

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