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OPERATION SAFED SAGAR - WAR IN THE HIGH HIMALAYAS


The Operation Vijay Medal - awarded for non-operational service during the Kargil fighting

Introduction

Early in May 1999, the Indian Army discovered large scale infilitration by Pakistani soldiers across the LOC in the Indian territory in the desolate Kargil sector.  The operations to evict the mountain tops of the Pakistani army has now etched itself in living memory as 'Operation Vijay'.

The Indian Air Force provided Battlefield close support , logistical supply and Casuality evacuation along with the Army Aviation Units.

Three Officers and two airmen made the ultimate sacrifice. For its role in the ops, the IAF was awarded two Vir Chakras and 23 Vayusena Medals.

To Nawaz Shareef with Love Star TV Footage of Mi-17s Atlantique Kill HUD shot
General Articles

Operation Safedsagar by Ved Shenag
Ved Shenag gives a study of the lessons learnt from the Air Operations of the Kargil War.

The Mirage 2000 in Kargil - by Philip Camp
The inside story on how the Mirage 2000s turned the battle in the IAF's favour

The Atlantique Incident - Official IAF Site
Just when the hostilities were dying down, this incident threatened the peace between the two countries again.

The Invisible Heroes - by Ambarish K Diwanji
This article from Rediff.com gives a behind the scenes look of the activities of the Photo Interpretation Cell during the Kargil War.

"I was there"

Missile Strike!! - Sqn Ldr A Perumal SC VM
First person account of the Pilot of the Canberra Bomber that was hit by a Stinger - and landed back at Srinagar on one engine.

Nubra Formation - Gp Capt AK Sinha VrC
The first shots fired in anger were by Mi-17s over Tololing - The Story of Nubra formation told for the first time.

Engine Flame out -   Flt Lt K Nachiketa VM
Wolfpacks - Hyena formation attacks targets - but one MiG pilot suffers engine flameout.

Image Galleries
- Angels of Mercy
Helicopter Operations 
- The Air Warriors
The men & women of the AF
- The Messengers of Doom
Fighter Operations
Video03.jpg (7078 bytes) Video Clips
MPEG News reports
From the Bharat Rakshak Data Archives :

Gallantry Awards for the Indian Air Force - Op Safed Sagar
Adieu - Martyrs Gallery
Indian Air Force ORder of BATtle

External Links

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Acknowledgements: Indian Air Force, Ved Shenag, Dr. Shiv Shankar Sastry, NDTV, IAF Journal 1999 and Rediff.com

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