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US: India gives proof against Pak for using F-16 jet during Dogfight

The Indian Air Force, on February 28, had displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to prove that Pakistan had deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India’s anti-terror operation in Balakot. It said Pakistan does not have any other fighters capable of firing an AMRAAM missile.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 6 March 2019 5:01 AM GMT

US: India gives proof against Pak for using F-16 jet during Dogfight
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New Delhi: India has now furnished proofs to the US against Pakistan's use of F-16 fighters and AMRAAM beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile in an unsuccessful aerial raid targeting four Indian military camps on February 27, as per official sources.

The officials said India had already knew that Washington was carrying out a thorough investigation into this case where Pakistan is supposed to have breached US purchasing agreement, which bars Pakistan from using the F-16s against any third country and it was only allowed to operate the fighter in self-defence and for anti-terror missions. The US, meanwhile, suspects the use of the advanced supersonic multirole fighter aircraft, F-16 as well as of the AMRAAM missile in the offensive operation against India.

The Indian Air Force, on February 28, had displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to prove that Pakistan had deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India’s anti-terror operation in Balakot. It said Pakistan does not have any other fighters capable of firing an AMRAAM missile.

Pakistan, however, has categorically denied the use of F-16 fighter jets in the aerial combat against India.

The US State Department has said that America is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the end-user agreement.

After the appalling terror attack on Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, the IAF carried out a counter-terror operation, targeting a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

Following which, Pakistan Air Force, on the very next day, tried to target Indian military camps in Kashmir but was foiled by the IAF which lost a MiG-21 while its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

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