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India gives proof to US on Pak's use of F-16 against it: Official sources

As part of the purchasing agreement, US had reportedly barred Pak from using F-16s against any third country and it was only allowed to operate the fighter in self-defence and in anti-terror missions

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

IAF officials show sections of exploded Amraam missile, said to be fired by Pakistan Air Force F-16s, at an IAF, Army and Navy joint conference in New Delhi 	Photo: PTI
IAF officials show sections of exploded Amraam missile, said to be fired by Pakistan Air Force F-16s | Photo: PTI

India has given proof to the US about the use of fighters and beyond visual range air-to-air missile by during its unsuccessful aerial raid targeting four Indian military installations on February 27, official sources said Tuesday.

They said India was confident that Washington was carrying out a thorough investigation into the use of the US-manufactured fighter as well as the missile onboard it in the offensive operation against India.

As part of the purchasing agreement, the US had put restrictions, the US had reportedly barred from using the against any third country and it was only allowed to operate the fighter in self-defence and for anti-terror missions.

The Indian Air Force on February 28 displayed parts of an missile as evidence to "conclusively" prove that deployed US-manufactured fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir. It said Pakistan does not have any other fighters capable of firing an missile.

Pakistan has categorically said that no fighter jets were used in the aerial combat against India.

The has said that America is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the end-user agreement.

After the Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

The next day, tried to target Indian military installation in Kashmir but was thwarted by the IAF which lost a while its pilot Wing Commander was captured. He was handed over to India on Friday.

AMRAAM allow a fighter pilot to target an enemy aircraft that is beyond visual range, in day or night, and in all-weather conditions. They have an autonomous guidance capability, which allows the pilot to manoeuvre immediately after the missile's launch.

First Published: Tue, March 05 2019. 22:25 IST
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