Pakistan's F-16 fighter jets radar images in Indian air space made public
New Delhi : Indian Air Force on Monday released Pakistan fighter jet F-16 radar images on the public domain to rebut all claims made by the Pakistani authorities on not using the plane for attack on Indian posts.
The IAF said there was more credible evidence available to establish that Pakistan Air Force had lost one F-16 in the air action.
But, due to security and confidentiality concerns, more evidences cannot be shared on the public domain, said Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations).
Officials said the Air Force also had evidence in the form of radio-telephony intercepts of the Pakistan Air Force F-16 strike package and ground wireless intercepts but would not place this evidence in public domain due to security and confidentiality concerns.
Indian Air Force had struck down Balakot terror camps post Pulwama attack, reacting to it Pakistan used their fighter jets to target Indian posts.
The AWACS radar image of the engagement area west of the Line of Control opposite Jhangar clearly establishes that there were a bunch of F-16s opposite Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. In a second image taken 10 seconds later, one of the F-16s disappeared.
“That’s the F-16 the PAF lost,” the IAF officer said.
Recently, Pakistan claimed that they have not lost any F-16 fighter jet and India's claims are mere a story. They quoted a report by US magazine but, the US did not give any confirmation of conducting an operation as quoted in magazine confirming Pakistan have all its fighter jets.