The Indian Air Force (IAF) used Israeli-made Spicie-2000 heavy guided bombs in its attack on an alleged camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ThePrint reported on February 26 citing senior military sources.
The airstrike came in response to a suicide bombing in India-controlled Kashmir on February 14 that killed 40 Indian soldiers and injured many others.
According to the Indian outlet, five Mirage 2000s carried out the airstrike on the alleged camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed. A number of Su-30 MKIs, a mid-air tanker and two Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) also participated in the aerial attack that took place in the early hours of February 26.
The Spicie-2000 is guided by an internal navigation system (INS) combined with GPS. The bomb also uses an advanced electro-optical seeker with digital seen matching area correlator (DSMAC) technology to achieve pinpoint accuracy. Despite its heavy 1,000kg warhead, the glide bomb has a range of more than 60km, which give it the capability to strike high-risk targets from a stand-off distance.
The IAF’s initial plan was use the Spicie-2000’s stand-off capability to strike the alleged camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed without violating Pakistan’s airspace. However, strong wend from the west to the east forced the Indian Mirage 2000s to penetrate 10km deep within Pakistan before releasing their bombs, as one military source told ThePrint.
India claims that the airstrike destroyed six barracks within the alleged camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed and killed more than 350 member of the armed group. However, Pakistan insists that the attack didn’t result in any casualties or notable damage.
The Indian attack led to a serious escalation. On February 27, Pakistan said that the Pakistani Air Force had shot down two IAF warplanes. In turn, the Indian side confirmed that it had lost one jet claimed that one Pakistani warplane had been shot down.
However, according to experts, it is unlikely that the situation will lead to an open hot war between the states.