The Indian Air Force (IAF) has on Wednesday revealed how Indian Su-31 had “defeated” Pakistani F-16 fighter jet during an aerial battle over Kashmir across the Line of Control (LOC) following India’s attack on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit’s camps in Balakot.
According to Sputnik news reports, in a statement, the IAF said, “False claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30 appears to be a cover up for the loss of its own aircraft.”
It further added its MiG-21, Su-30 and Mirage-2000 aircrafts “were involve in the engagement” after what India described as Islamabad’s attempt to attack Indian ground targets using the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) fighter jets.
The IAF pointed out: “During combat, use of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of AMRAAM [air-to-air missile] were conclusively observed. Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile.”
The statement has come after IAF air vice marshal RGK Kapoor, last week, stated Indian MiG-21 jet had shot down a PAK F-16 during an aerial incident on February 27.
However, the PAF had denied such reports of using US-built F-16 aircraft during the air battle with IAF, stressing no Pak’s jets were hit and that the MiG-21 was shot down by PAF over Pakistan.
The pilot of the downed plane was handed over to India on 1 March in what Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan described as a “peace gesture”.