IAF Chief BS Dhanoa addressed a press briefing in references to IAF shooting down of Pakistan's fighter jet in Coimbatore on Monday. When a reporter asked the Air Chief as to why MiG-21 Bison was used in thwarting Pakistan's aerial incursion, he said:
"Mig 21 Bison is in our inventory why will we not use it? I will not comment on the ongoing operation".
He went on to give a detail explanation on the use of MiG-21 Bison by listing out the upgraded feature of the aircraft.
"Mig 21 Bison is capable and has been upgraded. It is not the old MiG-21 bis. It has got a better weapon system, better radars, better air to air missiles, and radar warning receivers, whatever it takes to make it 3rd generation to 3.5 generation or so. So, this is an upgraded aircraft. We fight with all the aircraft in our inventory. And remember the initiative is with the adversary".
In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack by Pak-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammed, ties between India and Pakistan have sharply deteriorated, escalating tension on the international border. On February 14, 2019, Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed explosives-laden vehicle into a bus ferrying CRPF jawans in Pulwama district in which 40 soldiers were martyred. India strongly retaliated to the cowardly attack by conducting an air strike in which terror camps of JeM in Pakistan were turned into dust and more than 245 on-foot soldiers and terrorists were killed in a matter of 17 minutes.
After India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot, Pakistan attempted to cause harm to India's military installations by violating India's air space.
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan successfully chased out the F16 aircrafts that Pakistan used to intrude into India, however, Wing Commander Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistan army after his jet was shot during the air battle between the Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force.
Following strong diplomatic action by the Indian government, which resulted in global pressure mounting on Pakistan, the Imran Khan government was forced to release the IAF pilot. Wing Commander Abhinandan returned to India through the Wagah-Attari border on Friday night just two days after he blocked Pakistan's efforts to attack Indian army facilities along Jammu and Kashmir.