On May 12, 2019, During an interview, India PM claimed that clouds & rain prevented Pakistani radars from detecting IAF fighter jets during the Balakot air strike – open link to View Interview and Details: Link
Now Indian Army chief & Indian Airforce Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command shared their remarks in Supports of PM Modi’s ‘Radar Evading Cloud Theory’
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that some types of radar cannot see through clouds because of the manner in which it operates.
“There are various kinds of radars working with different technologies. Some have the capacity to see through, some don’t have the capacity to see through (clouds),” Rawat said while interacting with the media in Ezhimala on Saturday.
“Some kinds of radar cannot see through clouds because of the manner in which it is operating. Sometimes we can, sometimes we can’t,” Rawat added.
Later While speaking to media, Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar backed Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s statement that some radar can’t see through clouds. He said that clouds do prevent radars from detecting accurately.
“This is true up to some effect that very strong clouds and very strong convective conditions in clouds prevent radar from detecting very accurately,” said Air Marshal Nambiar.
In a television interview aired recently, Modi had said he used his “raw wisdom” to dispel doubts of defence experts, who wanted the Balakot airstrike on February 26 to be deferred due to bad weather.
“The weather was not good on the day of the air strike. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of the strike should be changed.
“However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars,”
The prime minister’s comment drew widespread ridicule and condemnation from various quarters, including a large number of memes on the social media.