Going public with radar images of the February 27 aerial engagement for the first time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) Monday said it had “irrefutable evidence” of a Pakistan Air Force F-16 being downed by an IAF MiG-21 Bison. It also cited radio intercepts, Indian Army sightings and statements by the Pakistan ISPR to underline that the PAF lost an F-16.
Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor told reporters: “IAF has irrefutable evidence of not only the fact that F-16 was used by PAF on February 27, 2019 but also that an IAF MiG 21 Bison shot down a PAF F-16… I have more credible evidence that is clearly indicative of the fact that Pakistan has lost one F-16. However, due to security and confidentiality concerns, we are restricting the information being shared in the public domain.” Read in Bangla
The IAF statement comes days after a report in the Foreign Policy magazine cited US government officials saying that Pakistan’s F-16 combat jets “have all been accounted for”.
Detailing the sequence of events following the IAF air strike at Balakot, AVM Kapoor said: “As a repost, PAF aircraft attempted to target military installations in India. However, their attempts were thwarted by IAF aircraft. PAF bombs fell in various Indian Army formation…