US Rejects Claims Of India Destroying The F-16 Fighter Jet Of Pakistan
The reports came in when New Delhi asked the US to investigate the use of F-16 fighter jet in 27th February dogfight between India and Pakistan and their claims were rejected by the US officials.
India claimed Pakistan had used its F-16 jet in destroying their Mig-21 and also that Indian Air Force shot down Pakistan’s F-16 plane in their territory.
“Indian officials deceived the International Community about the situation” US Officials
US officials conducted a physical count of the total F-16s and they have found none of the jets missing rejecting Indian claims. US officials mentioned in their report that the Indian officials deceived the International Community about the situation.
The US informed that Pakistan has themselves invited them to inspect and physically count the F-16s to remove all doubts of breaching end users agreement signed with the Foreign Military.
“there is no such clause which limits the use of F-16 jets by Pakistan against anyone”
It has also been confirmed by the US Officials that there is no such clause which limits the use of F-16 jets by Pakistan against anyone. However, he further added, “It would be naïve to think that we sell military equipment to Pakistan and they cannot use that in the fight.”
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The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,600 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta