New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday rubbished Pakistan’s claim of shooting down a Su30 MKI fighter jet on February 27. Issuing a statement, the IAF said that Islamabad is making false claim to cover up the loss of its (Pakistan Air Force) own aircraft. “All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely,” the IAF said.
“In their attempt to attack our ground, PAF aircraft were engaged effectively. From IAF, Mirage-2000,Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved in engagement. PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in hurry, also evident from large missed distances of weapons dropped by them,” the IAF said.
It added,”During combat, use of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of AMRAAM were conclusively observed.Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile. Parts of missile fell in area East of Rajouri in J&K, injuring a civilian on ground.”
“A detailed report in this regard has already been released by IAF. All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely. False claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30, appears to be a cover up for loss of its own aircraft,” the statement by IAF read further.
Notably, the United States had barred Pakistan from using the F-16s against any third country and it was only allowed to operate the fighter in self defence and for anti-terror missions.
Earlier in the day, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval while talking to his American counterpart John Bolton submitted proof of Pakistan using F-16s to attack Indian planes and target.
On Saturday, the United States had pulled up Pakistan for the ‘potential misuse’ of F-16 fighter jets against India during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir.