Indian Air Force (IAF) Air vice Marshal RGK Kapoor has shown Radar Images in a press conference, declaring them “irrefutable evidence” of destroying an F-16 in the 27th February dogfight.
He said that IAF will not make the details of the engagement public because of security reasons however it will show some radar images as proof.
IAF reiterated the same old Indian narrative that IAF’s Mig-21 Bison took down an F-16 jet before going down itself.
IAF’s official insisted that the electronic emission signature and radio transcript proves that the Pakistani Aircraft picked up by Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) was an F-16. He said that two parachutes were sighted and therefore two pilots ejected. He also said that the DG ISPR’s initial statement also mentions two pilots; one was Wing Commander Abhinandan while the other one was the alleged PAF pilot.
The press conference was held after US magazine reported that Pakistani F-16 jets inventory was complete and DG ISPR showed the remains of all Mig-21’s unfired missile pieces.
Red Circle and Track is of allegedly of PAF F-16 while the blue one is of Wing Commander Abhinandan’s Mig-21 Bison
DG IDPR’s Response
DG ISPR promptly responded to the press conference with a tweet. He said repeating the same story, again and again, will not undo the events of 27th February in which India lost two of its jets.
Repetitions don’t make truth of a lie. Despite claiming possession of evidence on shooting F16, IAF still short of presenting it. Don’t overlook Pakistan’s silence for not drum beating losses on Indian side. Fact is that PAF shot down two IAF jets, wreckage seen on ground by all.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) April 8, 2019
Even this so-called Indian evidence seems to like a face-saving attempt. It doesn’t prove that the PAF was flying F-16s and US confirmation has removed any doubts on Pakistan’s account of the dogfight on 27 February. Where Pakistan has managed to show on ground evidence of the actual aircraft, India has failed to provide any concrete evidence.
Several weeks have passed since the skirmish took place on 27th February. Both New Delhi and Islamabad have presented very different accounts of the aerial dogfight. It is however clear that the Pakistani side has been more accurate and less dramatic about the events.
Via: Fighter Jets World