so few takeaways:As Indian aircraft lobbed weapons at Pakistani targets, their low level attacks were met with RBS-70 Bolides, Anza sams and a AAA barrage that took its toll on the Mig-21sand some MKIs that had gotten too low avoiding the HQ-16 or Pakistani interceptors.
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By 2:00 AM, there was pandemonium in Pakistani military HQs, reports of massive losses from the front along with possibly a 2 star killed who happened to be visiting a forward base was sending both the establishment and government panicking. How was this missed? Which bureaucratic advisor or overly cautious intel officer let a report slide? There were no time for these thoughts yet - the PM was rushed to safety with the different cabinet members in pursuit - one of them deciding to head to his own village while instructing his son to buy tickets to Dubai immediately.
As the Indian aircraft swarmed the Pakistani skies, they started to slow claim air superiority - JF-17s, F-16s and F-7s were eventually overcome after fighting a valiant but overall futile defense
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As the Pakistani skies were owned, Indain aircraft continued to pound targets towards the front lines while additional Brahmos batteries were moved towards the south and all troops moved to mobilization. Pakistan to be stunned and then intimidated with destruction - both for its and the worlds consumption. India is awake and it is furious.
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Indian strike aircraft continued to fly strikes throughout the LoC axis - LGBs and dumb bombs coupled with the incessant artillery barrage left the Pakistani troops hunkered down with counter artillery fire nearly ineffective or non-existent. View attachment 752012
Mirage 2000s strike a camp and a Div HQ at Mansehra - setting ammo dumps ablaze as they used the mountain cover to avoid the surrounding AAA and make their escape. View attachment 752013
The last defense from the PAF played their BVR cards - stealing kills but otherwise helpless as their fellow soldiers and military targets fell.
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As this was happening - to drive a nail in this morning coffin - a flight of MKIs was tasked with bring down the PAF AEW - which was trying to retreat towards Peshawar and the western border. Burners lit, they gave chase. A JF-17 from Minhas put up some defense and brought down a MKI - but it too fell to a R-77.
At 2:30AM - the burning carcass of a Saab 2000 was seen by the residents of Hangu.
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The offensive ended at 3:00AM after brutalizing the Pakistani front lines and key supporting targets along with taking out key ADGE assets.
At the end -
14x 35mm Twin Oerlikon [UAR-1021 Skyguard FCR] [Cargo] - mostly through some unnerving Mig-21 rocket runs
2x 35mm/79 Oerlikon Millennium GDM-008 [Cargo] mostly through some unnerving Mig-21 rocket runs
1x 35mm/90 Twin Type 90 [China Type 902 FC] [Cargo] mostly through some unnerving Mig-21 rocket runs
34x 37mm/63 Type 65 Twin DP [Cargo] mostly through some unnerving Mig-21 rocket runs
7x Ammo Bunker -Mirage 2000 LGB and Brahmos
15x Anza Mk2 MANPADS [Cargo] secondary explosions and rocket attacks
13x Infantry posts (Small with Observer) - Artillery and Jaguar strikes
14x Bunkers - Brahmos and Mirage 2000
3x F-16AM Falcon MLU - MKI and Bison
1x F-16BM Falcon MLU- MKI and Bison
4x F-7MP Skybolt [F-7PG] - - MKI , Mig-29 and Bison
4x HQ-16B TEL [Cargo] - MKI
3x JF-17 Thunder Blk 2- MKI and Bison
2x JF-17 Thunder Blk 2(AESA) MKI and Bison
1x Radar (China YLC-2V) - Brahmos
2x Radar (MPDR-45) - Brahmos
3x RB 70 Bolide MANPADS [Cargo] Jaguar with dumb bombs
3x RB 70 Rayrider Mk1 MANPADS [Cargo] M2k with LGB
1x Saab 2000 AEW&C [Erieye] MKI
3x Forward Operating Base MKI with Griffin LGB
1x Div HQ - M2k Spice 2000
1x Vehicle (HQ-16 FCR) [Cargo] - MKI
1x Vehicle (Skyguard Sensor Unit [CEROS 200 Tracker + CCD/IR]) [Cargo]- Jaguar
6x Vehicle (UAR-1021 Skyguard) [Cargo] - Jaguar
1x Heron UAV
1x Jaguar IS [Darin 2]
1x Jaguar IS [Darin 3]
3x MiG-21bis UPG Fishbed N [Bison]
2x MiG-29UPG Fulcrum A
2x Mirage 2000H-5
4x Su-30MKI Mk2 Flanker H
I continue to be surprised why the simulation considers the RVV-SD variant of the R-77 so ineffective.
1- the absence of a long range air defense system was sorely felt as it might have given Pakistan some definite advantages while dealing with such a massive onslaught
2-That counter artillery fire at LOC was not effective is news to me as I think that we would have responded with some equal ferocity here.
3-The forward movement of M-777, Bofors and Brahmos from rear areas was missed and a reciprocal movement of heavy hitters from Pak side did not materialize. The reason may have been intelligence failure or just plain negligence
4-There is a strong possibility that PAF would eventually be overwhelmed by IAF
5-F7-PG was ineffective in dealing with the IAF threat.
6-Somehow a general lax attitude prevailed in HQs (which is very confusing for me)