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India's Military Response At Pathankot Included Rockets: 10 Points

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India's Military Response At Pathankot Included Rockets: 10 Points

Casspir mine resistant vehicles and BMP-2 Armoured Personnel carriers were also used.

Pathankot:  Four terrorists were killed while seven soldiers were martyred in a terror attack at Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab.
Here are the highlights of India's military response:
  1. After intelligence reports of an imminent terror attack on Pathankot Air Force base, a team of the National Security Guard's Black Cat Commandos was deployed at the air base.
  2. Special forces teams of the Indian Army and two infantry columns of the Army (25-30 soldiers per column) were also deployed on Friday.
  3. Indian Air Force aircraft with thermal imaging capability, among them possibly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), detected the entry of the terrorists after 3 am in the morning.
  4. Overall command of the military operation was with a Brigadier of the Indian Army and later with IG (Operations), National Security Guard.
  5. Prompt ground action ensured that the terrorists could not hit the Indian Air Force's MiG 21 Bison fighters or Mi-35 choppers on the ground.
  6. NSG Black Cat commandos led the primary assault against the terrorists. They were supplemented by Army Special Forces.
  7. Casspir mine resistant vehicles and BMP-2 Armoured Personnel carriers were used to insert soldiers to the area of operations.
  8. Rockets were fired by an IAF Mi-35 attack helicopter to contain the terrorists to one area.
  9. Two additional columns of the Army (25-30 soldiers in each column) have been deployed as search operations continue through the night.
  10. Control of the air base will not be handed back to the IAF until the base is fully sanitised.

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