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'NDA took 18 days to OK air strikes in Kargil'
June 09, 2004 13:36 IST
Last Updated: June 09, 2004 20:38 IST
The government today said troops had to fight the Kargil war from a 'position of disadvantage', and despite the Army asking for use of air power on May 8, 1999, the Vajpayee government took 18 days to give the green signal for air strikes.
"The Army had, on May 8, projected the requirement of attack helicopters for use against the enemy and also
In a suo motu statement, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said it was only after the 'fuller and in-depth appreciation
Coming against the backdrop of media reports that air strikes had been delayed in the Kargil conflict, the statement clarified that the time taken for giving clearance to deploy air power was not the reason for higher casualties.
'After all, it was a difficult war fought from a position of disadvantage', the statement said, lauding the armed forces for
The statement said during the period between May 8 and 25, the Chief of Air Staff 'was taking the view that air power at those heights could not be properly utilized as helicopters would be extremely vulnerable and there would be danger of escalation of conlict'.
Mukherjee said the then Air Chief's view was that before committing air power, political clearance should be obtained,
Confirming that the Army had prepared a report on the conflict, the minister said as with every war, the Indian Army
The preparation of an abridged version of the report was taken up in July 2003 and completed in January 2004, the
'The report is prepared for purposes of campaign study and these are documents prepared for internal use for training
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