US count of Pakistan's F-16 fighter jets found none of them missing: Report
WASHINGTON: A US count of the F-16s with Pakistan has found that none of them are "missing" and all the fighter planes were "present and accounted for", according to a report in a prominent American magazine.
The finding by the US on the ground in Pakistan "directly contradicts" India's claim that its air force shot down an F-16 fighter jet during an aerial dogfight on February 27.
The Indian Air Force on February 28 displayed pieces of the AMRAAM + missile, fired by a Pakistani F-16, as evidence to "conclusively" prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir.
Pakistan had categorically said that no F-16 fighter jets were used and denied that one of its planes had been downed by the IAF.
According to the Foreign Policy magazine, Pakistan invited the United States to physically count its F-16 planes after the incident as part of an end-user agreement signed when the foreign military sale was finalised.
"A US count of Pakistan's F-16 fleet has found that all the jets are present and accounted for, a direct contradiction to India's claim that it shot down one of the fighter jets during a February clash," Lara Seligman of the magazine reported on Thursday.
The count of the F-16 fighter planes in Pakistan has been completed, and "all aircraft were present and accounted for," an unnamed defence official was quoted as saying by the magazine.
The Department of Defence did not immediately respond to a question on its count of F-16 fighter jets in Pakistan.
"As details come out, it looks worse and worse for the Indians," MIT professor Vipin Narang told Foreign Policy magazine.
"It looks increasingly like India failed to impose significant costs on Pakistan, but lost a plane and a helicopter of its own in the process," he said.
Mujeer - 22 hours ago -Follow
US does not want the world to know that MIG 21 which is outdated shot down a American made F16!!! Double standards from US!!!
Sanjoy - 22 hours ago -Follow
I'm not surprised..
otherwise F16 ki market down..
我一点也不惊诧. 要是承认的话，F16 就没市场了。
Don - 22 hours ago -Follow
US would for all reason defend its F16. as it was hit by outdated mig 21.so nothing very surprising.
Varun - 22 hours ago -Follow
Americans are playing double standards.
Naganara Simhan - 22 hours ago -Follow
All stakeholders are hiding something..
Karthik - 22 hours ago -Follow
our PM makes the incredible army forces to make the lie for his own benefit n election stunts.
Asif Khan - 22 hours ago -Follow
BJP the biggest lier on earth, they r using army, CBI, NIA, Income tax department etc for their benefit, just fooling the nation.
Raghu Kashyap - 22 hours ago -Follow