Question: What changes IAF has made after 27 Feb incident? Are our Sukhoi’s and Mig’s having new A2A missiles or the deliveries are still pending? If similar situation comes again, will Bisons still be scrambled or there is a change?~ Vibhour Sharma
After the aggression shown by PAF on 27th Feb , IAF reviewed its own operations in Balakote, followed by reviewing the force levels across the airspace above LoC and also reviewing its own safety and Search and Rescue capabilities post that day.
And as of today, after those reviews some fundamental changes have been made.
First and foremost are the revision of Rules of Engagement over airspace above LoC and adjoining regions. There have been changes in SoPs for combat and Search and Rescue units both on how to act in similar situations.
Much of the changes in Rules of Engagement is unpublished today, and we can only estimate few things, like no more holding back!
Coming back to the capability of assets. Software Defined Radios are being procured for our aircraft fleet. Being jamming resistant, it will ensure secure communication between the pilots, ground air defence units and the IAF air traffic controllers in any eventuality. As loss or inability to communicate with the Mig21 pilot and lack of communication between the Mi17 helicopter and other units, were the two losses sustained!
Coming back to Su30MKI, Mig29UPG and Mirage 2000 I , all three are perfectly capable aircrafts with capable weapon systems. Post the change in rules of engagement, Su30MKI can very well take multiple F16s BLK52 at once and nullyfy them. The missiles are perfectly capable and it was falsehood spread back then that deficiencies were there. But rest assured even further improvements are going to be implemented very soon.
Coming to Mig21 at last, the Mig21 fleet will continue to serve in front line duty till it’s out of service period in 2025. It is perfectly capable to take on the best aircraft present in PAFs inventory. Most of the mistakes were due to outdated Rules of Engagement, whoes loopholes the Pakistanis used.