IAF refutes United States report saying no F-16 was shot down

IAF refutes United States report saying no F-16 was shot down

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday refuted United States media reports claiming that none of the PAF's F-16 fighters was downed after an aerial dogfight on February 27, and said "electronic signatures" gathered on that day indicate that F-16 went down.

However, the defense official dismissing Indian point of view said the agreement did not involve any terms limiting the use of the F-16.

The aerial clash over Kashmir followed an Indian air strike on what New Delhi said was a terrorist training facility inside Pakistani territory. "The two sightings were at places separated by at least 8-10 km", it said. It is reported further that electronic signatures gathered indicate that the PAF jet was a F-16.

The Indian Air Force had claimed that it downed a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in a dogfight that ensued in Pakistan's skies on February 27.

At a press conference on 28 February, the Indian Air Force had displayed before journalists parts of an air to air missile (AMRAAM) as evidence to "conclusively" prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during the aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Jammu and Kashmir.

IAF claim of hitting F-16 by their Mig 21 before having been shot down by PAF gets exposed.

The IAF has electronic signatures presented by its Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft which show that F-16s were used by Pakistan on February 27.

At the time, Indian officials shared shrapnel from an AIM-20 advanced medium range air-to-air missile used during the engagement - one that could not be fired from Pakistan's other fighter aircraft - as proof that F-16s were used in the dogfight. Pakistan released a captured pilot as a "peace gesture", calling for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

The intrusion over Nowshera and Krishna Ghati sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts was thwarted by the IAF which lost a MiG-21 Bison - its pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, ejected across the Line of Control and was in Pakistani custody for two days before being repatriated in compliance to the Geneva Conventions.

One of the senior US defense officials said that Pakistan invited the United States to physically count its F-16 planes after the incident as part of an end-user agreement signed when the foreign military sale was finalized.

While the Indian side claims to have inflicted heavy loss of life, killing up to 300 fighters belonging to JeM, Pakistan denied the claim, saying that the IAF warplanes were forced to drop their payload when confronted by Pakistani interceptors and only damaged some trees.

In a statement on Twitter, the DG ISPR quoted the scoop of Foreign Policy magazine and wrote, "Allah be praised, truth always prevails".

With this latest news of yet another Indian military success that was not, will Prime Minister Modi now seek to try something else? India can assume any type of their choice even F-16. When the count was finally conducted, all F-16s employed by the PAF were accounted for, Foreign Policy reported.

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