The Kargil War also known as the Kargil conflict,was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC). In India, the conflict is also referred to as Operation Vijay which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector.
The cause of the war was the infiltration of Pakistani soldiers disguised as Kashmiri militants into positions on the Indian side of the LOC, which serves as the de facto border between the two states. During the initial stages of the war, Pakistan blamed the fighting entirely on independent Kashmiri insurgents, but documents left behind by casualties and later statements by Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Chief of Army Staff showed involvement of Pakistani paramilitary forces, led by General Ashraf Rashid. The Indian Army, later supported by the Indian Air Force, recaptured a majority of the positions on the Indian side of the LOC infiltrated by the Pakistani troops and militants. Facing international diplomatic opposition, the Pakistani forces withdrew from the remaining Indian positions along the LOC.
Operation Safed Sagar
The IAF Operation Under ‘OP Safed Sagar’ Played a stellar role in providing intimate fire support & LGS during Kargil War 1999.The MIG-21 destroyed the wekk entrenched enemy positions and played havoc with Pakistani Troops stranded on the heights. The MIG-21 displayed here was a part of the ‘Golden arrows’ Squadron No 17 Located at Killi Bhisiana Airbase, Bhatinda. This Squadron was led by SQN LDR AJAY AHUJA who made the supreme Sacrifice during the Karil War & was Awarded VIR CHAKRA POSTHUMOSUSLY.
This MIG-21 was placed at Kargil War Memorial in the year 2013 as an epitome of valour & sacrifice and the commemorate the contribution of the IAF in the Kargil War
The war is one of the most recent examples of high-altitude warfare in mountainous terrain, which posed significant logistical problems for the combating sides. It is one of the very few instances of direct, conventional warfare between nuclear states (i.e., those possessing nuclear weapons). India had conducted its first successful test in 1974; Pakistan, which had been developing its nuclear capability in secret since around the same time, conducted its first known tests in 1998, just two weeks after a second series of tests by India.