Indian military confirms of destroying Pakistan's F16 fighter jet
New Delhi : Contrary to what Pakistan had been claiming till date, India's IAF Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor confirmed that an air force MiG-21bis Bison shot down one Pakistani Air Force F-16 on Wednesday, February 27 in a skirmish.
For confirmation, the IAF presented the remnants of a US-made AMRAAM missile found on the Indian side of the border in Kashmir which was said to have been fired by a Pakistani F-16 during an attack on Indian military bases.
Pakistan had been claiming that no F-16 aircraft has been used and no Pakistani fighter jet had been shot down.
The AMRAAM is a medium-range, all-weather, day-night air-to-air missile operated by Pakistan and manufactured by US defence giant Raytheon.
Chiefs of all three Indian armies assured that we are prepared to fight any situation.
Indian Air Force officials also said that they are pleased with Pakistan's decision to return Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, and looked forward to his return to India.
India's Navy said it was put in a high state of readiness amid tensions between the two countries, with its surface, submarine and air components ready to 'deter and defeat' any 'misadventure' by Pakistan.
The Air Force said it had "fairly credible evidence" that its earlier raids on a Jaish-e-Mohammed* camp had led to "massive damage," but siad it would be premature to estimate casualties.
According to Indian military figures, the past two days have seen some 35 ceasefire violations by the Pakistani side on the line of contact separating Indian and Pakistani forces in the contested province of Kashmir.