Indian fighter jet shoots down 'Pakistani balloon' during Republic Day

Published: January 27, 2016
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An Indian soldier salutes as he rides an Akash weapon system of air defence during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

An Indian soldier salutes as he rides an Akash weapon system of air defence during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

The Indian Air Force claimed on Tuesday to shoot down ‘a Pakistani balloon’ during the Indian Republic Day in Rajasthan.

The radar of the Indian Air Force had registered the movement of the ‘unidentified balloon-like object’ in Jaisalmer area, frightening the authorities who immediately considered to shoot the balloon down.

“Due to heightened security alert, the balloon was shot down,” Indian defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Manish Ojha said.

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The authorities also inspected the debris of the balloon, which was later cleared of carrying any spying device.

“On the analysis of the debris, it was established there was no dangerous payload,”Ojha said.

Earlier in May 2015, a pigeon allegedly bearing a stamped message with a wire-like object on its body made Indian authorities question its flight into the village of Pathankot in Punjab.

According to reports, the bird landed on the mud brick house of Ramesh Chandra, a barber, in Manwal village, 4kms from Pakistan border.

Suspicions were aroused by the Urdu markings, which were reported to the nearest police station by Chandra’s son.

The article originally appeared on DNA India

Reader Comments (14)

  • Jan Jan
    Jan 27, 2016 - 7:09PM

    Amazing! Wow. Indians are good at popping balloons…time for a Bollywood movieRecommend

  • Burhan Khan
    Jan 27, 2016 - 7:41PM

    After the spy pigeon episode, here comes the attack of the diabolical party decoration from Pakistan.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 27, 2016 - 8:19PM

    the person who blew this balloon, next time put a small radio/broken tv remote/old time piece in it. will be so much more fun :DRecommend

  • AB
    Jan 27, 2016 - 8:29PM

    While spending billions on aircraft, India should spare a billion here or there to upgrade their radar systems as well so that they do not waste millions worth of bombs on balloons. Just a sincere advice.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jan 27, 2016 - 9:07PM

    Seriously….
    Balloon…After pigeon now its balloon whats next…Next time a pencilRecommend

  • Raisani
    Jan 28, 2016 - 12:07AM

    Indian weapon toys and army can only dare of shooting down Pakistani balloons, nothing else. Recommend

  • Atheist
    Jan 28, 2016 - 12:28AM

    Looks like Pakis are testing new type of terrorist attacks. Recommend

  • Azi
    Jan 28, 2016 - 1:29AM

    Just another example that strengthens the point, “Technology cant always fix stupid”Recommend

  • Unknown
    Jan 28, 2016 - 2:10AM

    Space age for India :P Recommend

  • Md. Tahir Shah
    Jan 28, 2016 - 2:55AM

    No wonder Indian security forces bungled up Pathankot. They are busy battling pigeons and balloons.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jan 28, 2016 - 3:06AM

    Oh man, I wish someone put a spare computer chip in there to see how creative India “news” gets with it.Recommend

  • Sid
    Jan 28, 2016 - 3:32AM

    @AB:
    Was shot down by aircraft gun and not bomb. But thanks for suggestion.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jan 28, 2016 - 5:26AM

    I pay “5” rupees to Pathan and fire unlimited number of “Charaas” to pop the balloon, attached to his target board. Recommend

  • Jan 28, 2016 - 10:33AM

    Using a fighter jet to shoot down a balloon? If it is so necessary for idle Indian air force to test their skills of flying and shooting then they should at least raise its standard and stop shooting a balloon!Recommend

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