Regardless of Pakistan clinging to lies and their staunch denial of using F-16 while violating India's airspace, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor reaffirming Indian Air Force's stance has consolidated that two Aircrafts were downed during the dogfight, PAF's F-16 and IAF's MiG-21 Bison.
During his address, Air Vice Marshal conclude that IAF has 'inrrefutable evidence' that the F-16 Aircraft was shot down and by MiG 21 that was piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan during the dogfight.
Moreover he added how IAF identified the usage of PAF's F-16 through 'electronic signature and radio transcripts'. IAF also released Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) radar images expounding on the downing of F-16 by India's MiG-21 Bison on February 27.
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Here are the crucial details shared by Air Vice Marshal:
- The IAF has irrefutable evidence of not only the fact that the F-16 was used by Pakistan Air Force on February 27, 2019 but also that IAF MIG 21 Bison shot down the F-16 Aircraft.
- The Indian Army post in the vicinity of LoC in Nowshera sector have visually sighted two parachutes.
- The F-16 crashed and fell down in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir and IAF lost one MiG-21 Bison that was piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan who ejected safely but his parachute drifted into Jammu and Kashmir where he was taken into custody by Pakistan Army.
- Certain official statement made by DG ISPR further corroborated the IAF Stand. A total of two aircraft had gone down that day in the same area separated by approximately 1 to 1:30 min of time.
- There is no doubt that two aircraft went down in the aerial engagement on 27 February 2019 one of which was the bison of IAF while the other was F-16 of Pakistan Air Force conclusively identified by its electronic signature and radio transcripts.
- IAF has more credible information and evidence that is clear indicative of the fact that PAF has lost one F-16 in the air action on the 27th Feb19. However due to security and confidentiality concerns we are restricting the information being shared in public domain.
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Furthermore, Air Vice Marshal even reiterated that IAF successfully struck the Balakot training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Pakistan's stance on the use of F-16 remains contentious, as their use of the Aircraft violates the arms deal that was signed with the United States. The deal states that the use of the F-16 must be restricted to 'self-defence' and not to militarily attack any other country.