what people here are forgetting is the biggest weapon in our arsenal in the next decade, the S-400. The S-400 was bought primarily to make up for the diminishing squadron strength of the IAF. dont be surprised if one battery is placed somewhere near Amritsar in future to deter PAF
now we can analyze 27 Feb in great detail, but the main outcome of the operation is this. We targeted Balakot, 70 km away from the LoC while our fighters made at least a 8 km ingress in PoK despite Pakistani jets being on CAP duty. in response, they assembled a 24 jet strike package and intentionally "missed" our Brigade headquarters in Rajouri, which can be easily targeted via artillery due to its proximity to the LoC. ACM Tipnis already spoke in depth about this in an interview to a Marathi newspaper where he explained that their targets were AFS Srinagar and AFS Awantipora but they were promptly denied by our Mig 21s coming in undetected from the Pir Panjal mountain range, so they had to choose secondary targets to save face. We had our own range of failures that day, but the reason for these failures were already known to IAF and the govt, so you cannot blame anyone but yourself.
a) lack of adequate radar coverage in some key areas along the LoC
b) lack of SDR for our pilots, which were ordered after this incident
c) the 500 AMRAAMs were procured by the Pakistanis back in 2011, yet no alarm bells were ringing in IAF or MoD over this.
d) lack of HAS for our frontline air bases, which exposes you to missile salvos by the enemy.
e) most importantly, not investing like madmen in the LCA Tejas project, which could ensure we have the quantitative numbers to ward off the enemy, instead of being content with only 8 CAP on duty for the entire LoC!!!