On February 26, the Indian Air Force observed the first anniversary of the historic airstrikes on a Pakistani terror facility outside the town of Balakot. The day’s proceedings included the IAF chief strapping into a MiG-21 Type 69 for a tribute flight from the Srinagar air base, along with a pair of Mirage 2000s and Su-30 MKIs. Yesterday, the IAF also released a short promotional film showcasing its Mirage fleet in Gwalior.
The video, with lushly shot images of the Mirages, is infused a little disappointingly with generous bits of CGI showing certain weapons no longer in use like the Magic 2, but does show a pair of SPICE 2000 munitions — the type used in the air strikes — dropping from the aircraft.
A second video that’s out by filmmaker/photographer Abhishek Singh (who we’ve previously featured here) is much more interesting. Singh, who’s clearly had access to the 40 Wing in Gwalior, has a short film out that he says he’s dedicating to the IAF air warriors involved in the Balakot air strike. One of the most spectacular assets in the IAF’s arsenal, I loved filming this video, says Singh. It was shot over two days without retakes and during a routine exercise. Here’s the full film: