India Gives Proof to US on Pakistan’s Offensive Use of F-16 During Dogfight, Confident of Investigation


New Delhi: India has given evidence to the US On the use of F-16 and AMRAAM air-to-air missiles beyond Pakistan’s visual range during its unsuccessful air strike against four Indian military installations on February 27, official sources said on Tuesday.

They said that India was confident that Washington was conducting a thorough investigation into the use of the US-made fighter, as well as the missile on board in the offensive operation against India.

As part of the purchase agreement, US had imposed restrictions, apparently, US had banned Pakistan from using the F-16s against any third country and was only allowed to operate the fighter in self-defense and for anti-terrorist missions.

On February 28, the Indian Air Force showed parts of an AMRAAM missile as evidence to prove “conclusively” that Pakistan deployed F-16 fighter aircraft manufactured in the United States during an air strike against Indian military installations in Kashmir. He said Pakistan does not have other fighters capable of firing an AMRAAM missile.

Pakistan has categorically stated that no F-16 fighter aircraft were used in air combat against India.

The US Department of StateĀ  He has said that the United States is seeking more information from Pakistan on the possible misuse of F-16 fighter jets made by the United States against India, in violation of the end-user agreement.

After the Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terrorism operation at the JeM training camp in Balakot, in the interior of Pakistan, on February 26.

The next day, the Pakistan Air Force attempted to attack the Indian military installation in Kashmir, but was frustrated by the IAF who lost a MiG-21 while its wing pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured. It was delivered to India on Friday.

AMRAAM missiles allow a fighter pilot to target an enemy aircraft that is beyond visual range, day or night, and in all weather conditions. They have an autonomous guidance capability, which allows the pilot to maneuver immediately after the launch of the missile.