After Balakot, IAF plans to equip Mirage 2000 aircraft with long-range Meteor missiles

After Balakot, IAF plans to equip Mirage 2000 aircraft with long-range Meteor missiles

The Indian Air Force is keenly considering arming the Mirage 2000 aircraft with potent long-range Meteor missiles as the 27 February dogfight highlighted that Indian aircraft were outraged by Pakistan Air Force in aerial combat.
With the Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile Meteor, the balance will once again tilt in India’s favour the way it happened during the Kargil war in 1999 when the Pakistan Air Force did not dare to close in because India had better air-to-air missiles.
The Indian fighters, armed with R-73 and R-77 air-to-air missiles, could not target the F-16s because they were outraged at the F-16s were fired from a distance of about 45 km from the LoC.
It is only when a Mig-21 Bison, flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, chased an intruding Pakistani fighter jet across the LoC that it got a lock on and shot it down.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi The Indian Air Force is keenly considering arming the Mirage 2000 aircraft with potent long-range Meteor missiles as the 27 February dogfight highlighted that Indian aircraft were outraged by Pakistan Air Force in aerial combat.
With the Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile Meteor, the balance will once again tilt in India’s favour the way it happened during the Kargil war in 1999 when the Pakistan Air Force did not dare to close in because India had better air-to-air missiles.
The Indian fighters, armed with R-73 and R-77 air-to-air missiles, could not target the F-16s because they were outraged at the F-16s were fired from a distance of about 45 km from the LoC.
It is only when a Mig-21 Bison, flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, chased an intruding Pakistani fighter jet across the LoC that it got a lock on and shot it down.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had later said that if the IAF had Rafale fighter jets, then the outcome would have been different.

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