Electronic signatures confirm F-16 hit: IAF

Electronic signatures confirm F-16 hit: IAF

Electronic signatures confirm F-16 hit: IAF

The findings directly contradict the account of Indian Air Force officials, which claimed shooting down a Pakistani F-16 in a recent dogfight.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for "whipping up war hysteria" over claims that India shot down a Pakistani F-16 during a standoff in February, saying the truth is always the best policy.

He had also said that Indian forces confirmed ejections at two different places on that day which were separated by no more than 8-10 kms.

Pakistan's F-16 combat jets have all been accounted for, US-based Foreign Policy magazine said, citing USA officials, contradicting an Indian air force assessment that it had shot down one of the jets in the February standoff.

But IAF categorically denied the claims made in the report saying that the Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) images show there were 11 F-16s and the electronic signatures captured by IAF clearly indicate that it was F-16 that went down. The encounter left at least one Russian-built Indian MiG 21 Bison destroyed. They said the Pakistani aircraft was an F-16 and enemy radio transmissions which were monitored showed that it did not return to its base.

When the incident occurred, India asked the USA government to investigate whether Pakistan's use of the F-16 against India violated the terms of the foreign military sale agreements.

The Indian Air Force Friday asserted that it shot down an F-16 fighter jet of Pakistan during the February 27 dogfight, refuting a leading U.S. news magazine report contradicting India's claim.

Pakistan claimed from the beginning that it had shot down two Indian jets.


"Allah be praised, truth always prevails".

She added, "The article that came in "Foreign Policy", many people are calling it baseless".

Lara Seligman of the magazine later updated the story, saying "the F-16s Pakistan bought from Jordan have also been included in the count and even third-party transfers of U.S. equipment must go through the United States government".

The Bison variant of the MiG-21 that the IAF flies can only carry four air-to-air missiles at a time, suggesting that Wing Commander Abhinandan never got a shot off before his jet was downed.

The Foreign Policy in its report, quoting two unidentified USA defence sources, said that USA defence personnel recently conducted a physical count of Pakistan's F-16s and found that none of them were missing.

"All aircraft were present and accounted for", the official was quoted as saying by the magazine.

"Ordinarily, the U.S. would have steered clear of commenting Pakistani and Indian claims and counter-claims", said Shamshad. "Spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor said: ".India needs introspection especially over atrocities in IOK".

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