Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Modi mocked for saying Indian jets could use clouds to hide from Pakistani radar

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest remarks about the Balakot airstrikes sparked furor online after he indicated that he personally authorised the attack in spite of bad weather conditions because he thought “the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars” and “provide us much needed cover.”

Speaking to India’s News Nation TV channel on Saturday, Modi said heavy rain on the night of 25 February had complicated planning for the 26 February strikes, even prompting military planners to consider rescheduling the operation. He added, however, that he had to use his non-expert “raw vision” about using the clouds to India’s advantage to dispel defence experts’ doubts and push forward with the attack.

“At around 1:30 am, we started the movement, at 2:55 we okayed it and at 3:20 am I got the report about the airstrikes. There was so much movement in air and water that it confused Pakistan,” the prime minister claimed.

Divya Spandana, social media director for India’s main opposition party, the Congress Party, mocked Modi, tweeting that the ability to use radar to detect planes, “cloud or no cloud,” has been around for decades.

Modi’s remarks did not go over well among other detractors either. Some users, including the prime minister’s other opponents in India’s ongoing elections, suggested that his evident lack of knowledge about how radar technology works is a serious national security risk.

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