Pak F-16 shot down: IAF presents irrefutable evidence
The Indian Air Force on Monday presented irrefutable evidence that Pakistan's F-16 was shot down by India's MiG 21 Bison. Addressing a press conference, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said that PAF aircraft fired multiple AMRAAM missiles which were defeated by use of countermeasures and tactical maneuvers.
"The IAF has irrefutable evidence of not only the fact that F-16 was used by PAF on 27 February but also that an IAF MiG 21 Bison shot down a PAF F-16," Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said.
In the aerial combat that followed, one MiG 21 Bison of the IAF, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan, shot down one F-16 of Pakistan Air Force (PAF). As shown in the radar image on the slide -- the F-16 crashed and fell across the LOC in Pak-occupied J&K. The IAF lost one MiG 21 in the aerial engagement.
The IAF has irrefutable evidence not only of Pakistan using an F-16 but also that an IAF MiG 21 Bison shot down a PAF's F-16. The IAF said there were three F-16 opposite Wing Commander Abhinandan.
Analysis of electronic emissions has shown that the aircraft picked up by the ELINT intercepts from AWACS and radio transcripts indicated F-16s in the area directly in front of WG CDR Abhinandan's aircraft.
The IAF added that there is no doubt that two aircraft went down in the aerial engagement on Feb 27, 2019, one of which was a Bison of the IAF, while the other was an F-16 of the PAF, conclusively identified by its electronic signature and radio transcripts.
It further said that there is sufficient evidence to prove the fact that PAF lost an F-16 on Feb 27, 2019.
Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said, "The IAF has more credible information and evidence that is clearly indicative of the fact that PAF has lost one F-16 in the air action on Feb 27, 2019. However, due to security and confidentiality concerns, we are restricting the info being shared in the public domain."
The images clearly show how one of the Pakistani fighters suddenly went missing within seconds it was shot by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
The IAF said that the presence of two parachutes falling across Line of Control has been established but Pakistan has not revealed the identity of the other pilot. It was only Abhinandan who was identified by Pakistan after he was captured.
"The F-16 crashed and fell across the LOC in Pakistan-occupied J&K. The IAF lost one MiG 21 in the aerial engagement and the pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan ejected safely but his parachute drifted into Pakistan's territory where he was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army," Air Vice Marshal Kapoor added.