Pakistan steps up fighter jets and AEW&C activities near Pakistani border with India

Top government official revealed that Pakistan has heightened fighter aircraft activity after the killing of Indian Army Colonel Ashutosh Sharma in an encounter with Pakistani terrorists in the Handwara forests in Jammu and Kashmir learned GDC citing India Today.

Pakistani Air Force Aircraft have been flying patrols close to the Indian territory inside their area including their F-16, JF-17 and Mirage III fighter planes. For situational awareness, PAF has been using Saab 2000 Erieye in it’s services.

Saab 2000 Erieye

The Saab 2000 Erieye is a gallium nitride (GaN)-based AESA Erieye ER critical piece of the PAF’s air surveillance and early warning strategy. Centered on an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the Erieye provides stand-off range situational awareness to networked airborne and land-based assets.

The Indian side was closely monitoring their actives using their frontline assets including AWACS and Beriev A-50EI AEW&C to keep an eye on their activities.

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Indian airbases were also on alert in view of the heightened activities of the Pakistan Air Force.

Prior to the attack, Pakistan was carrying out an Air Force exercise in their area about which Indian side had information.

Pakistan feared that India would strike back at terrorist camps in view of the increased terrorist activity in Jammu and Kashmir. On Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also tweeted that India may carry out a false flag operation.

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