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IAF rejects Pakistan’s claim of downing Su-30

The India Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday rejected Pakistan’s claim that one of its Su-30 fighters crashed during the aerial dogfight on February 27. IAF also said Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16s had fired several AMRAAMs (Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile) at its jets.

“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 the missile fell in an area East of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, injuring a civilian on ground,” IAF said in a statement.

Official sources said details on the use of AMRAAMs were shared with the U.S.

The IAF statement said that on February 27, the air defence system was on full alert and a build-up of PAF aircraft on their side of the Line of Control (LoC) was noticed. IAF jets were scrambled to tackle them from attacking ground targets. IAF deployed Mirage-2000, Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft in the aerial engagement. “PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in a hurry, which is also evident from large missed distances of the weapons dropped by them.”

In the same engagement, a Mig-21 was engaged in a dog fight with an F-16 jet and shot it down with an R-73 missile. The Mig-21 piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was hit by an AMRAAM and came down on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control.


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