None of Pak F-16 fighter jets missing: US count report

SUKIRTI MISHRA 05/04/2019 16:55 PM

Washington. In a recent American count of F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan, none were found missing, reported Foreign Policy magazine, quoting two unnamed US defence officials with direct knowledge of the situation. The report directly contradicts India’s claim that on February 27th, one of its fighter jets shot down a Pakistani F-16 during an aerial dogfight.


As per the report, “The findings directly contradict the account of Indian Air Force officials, who said that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman managed to shoot down a Pakistani F-16 before his own plane was downed by a Pakistani missile.”

The reports suggested a possibility that “in the heat of the combat”, Abhinandan got “a lock on the Pakistani F-16, fired and genuinely believed he scored a hit”. The aerial face off between India and Pakistan took place on February 27th, a day after the Indian warplanes flew into Pakistan to strike a terrorist training camp.  


Pakistan’s F-16 jets were manufactured by US firm Lockheed Martin. As part of an end user agreement, Pakistan invited United States to physically count its F-16 fighter jets, after the incident, reported the magazine. The agreement was signed when the foreign military sales was finalised.   




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