Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa presents planes of retaliatory airstrikes. The government gives green signal
February 16-20 :
The IAF and Army did reconnaissance airborne surveillance along LOC with Heron drones.
February 20-22 :
The IAF drew target tables humanint (Human Intelligence)
February 21 :
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is briefed with target options for an airstrike.
February 22 :
The IAF’s 1 Squadron ‘Tigers’ and 7 Squadron ‘Battle Axes’ are standby. Two Mirage squadrons designate 12 jets for the mission.
February 24 :
Recee conducted over central India with an early warning jet Bhatinda and a mid-air refueller from Agra.
February 25-26 :
3:05 a.m The 12 Mirage 2000s take off from Gwalior in batches, armed with laser-guided bombs.
3:0 Early warning jet takes off from Bhatinda, and a mid-air refueling tanker takes off from Agra.
3:10: IAF Heron surveillance drone takes over from a secret airfield.
3:10 Mirage s conduct final checks on the targets, gets ALL GO. Fly at a low-level across the Line of Control near Muzaffarabad to avoid radar and the use laser pods to ‘paint’ targets and drop their payload of bombs.
3:20-3:30 – Surgical Strike 2.0 conducted
3: 30 : Army stand bye for Pakistan counter attack
1000: NSA Ajit Doval briefs Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the government leadership takes stock.