20 years of Kargil war: IAF turns Gwalior Air Base into war theatre, reenacts milestones

The IAF has planned several activities at the air base to commemorate the 20 years of the war and the symbolic 'recreation' of the Tiger Hill attack was one of them.
20 years of Kargil war: IAF turns Gwalior Air Base into war theatre, reenacts milestones

Commemorating 20 years of the Kargil War, the IAF Mondayturned the Gwalior air base virtually into a conflict theatre, with dramaticreenactment of some of the milestones of the operation in 1999.

In a symbolic 'recreation' of the Tiger Hill attack in Jammuand Kashmir's Drass-Kargil area, the air force used the Mirage 2000 aircraftand explosives were blown up on a 'model hill' to recreate the crucial eventsof the war.

The chief guest for the event is Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.

The IAF has planned several activities at the air base tocommemorate the 20 years of the war and the symbolic 'recreation' of the TigerHill attack was one of them.

Five Mirage 2000, two MiG 21s and one Sukoi 30 MKI were onstatic display at the base.

One of the Mirage 2000s showcased the Spice bomb carrier.The bomb was used in the Balakot airstrike in February.

"The Kargil conflict offers an exemplary experience inthe use of air power in warfare in high mountains conditions and is key to fullunderstanding of India's emerging posture," a senior IAF official said.

Several gallantry award winners, both serving and retired,who had participated in 'Operation Vijay', are attending the event.  

The Indian armed forces displayed exceptional valour tosuccessfully dislodged the enemy from the strategic hill in the Drass-Kargilarea, an official said.

The Mirage-2000 aircraft played a crucial role in thebattles fought during the war and also hit enemy targets bunkered in at theTiger Hill.

During the war, the IAF had conducted operation Safed Sagaras a part of operation Vijay of the army.

A number of events has been planned by the army in Delhi andDras in Jammu and Kashmir next month to mark the 20th anniversary of the'Kargil Vijay Diwas', officials had earlier said.

The anniversary celebrations for this year will be spreadover three days from July 25-27.

"However, as part of the build up to the main event,numerous activities have been planned to be organised all over the country fromthe first week of July," an official said.

The celebrations in the national capital will begin on July14 with the illumination of a 'Victory Flame' from the National War Memorial inDelhi, which would traverse through 11 towns and cities to finally culminate atDras where it will be merged with the eternal flame at the 'Kargil WarMemorial', he said.

"The Kargil War will always be remembered for itsstrategic and tactical surprises, the self-imposed national strategy ofrestraint in keeping the war limited to Kargil-Siachen sectors, and the swiftlyexecuted tri-services military strategy and plans," the Army had said.

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