Not aware of any audit of F-16s in Pakistan, says Pentagon
WASHINGTON: Claims and counterclaims continue to fly over India’s insistence that it shot down an F-16 during its skirmish with Pakistan following New Delhi’s retaliatory strike on Balakot. While the Pentagon said on Friday it was “not aware” of any audit of Pakistan’s F-16 jets that a US journal said showed no missing aircraft, Pakistan released pictures of what it claimed are four missile seeker heads purportedly from India’s downed MiG 21, saying it showed the Indian pilot had not fired any missile at Pakistan’s F-16s
华盛顿: 印度坚称在与巴基斯坦发生冲突期间击落了一架F-16战机，此前新德里对巴拉科特进行了报复性打击。虽然五角大楼于周五表示“不了解”对巴基斯坦F-16战机的任何清点，然而一家美国杂志称，巴基斯坦没有F16战机失踪。巴基斯坦公布了据称被击落的印度米格-21战机的四个导弹导引头的照片，并称这表明印度飞行员没有向巴基斯坦的F -16战机发射任何导弹。
A report in Foreign Policy magazine that US defense officials had inventoried Pakistan’s F-16s and found none missing, which was not backed by Pentagon, also opened up questions about whether the Pakistan Air Force could have been flying F-16s loaned by or borrowed by some of its close allies, given the persistence with which the IAF maintained it had brought down an F-16 and the evidence it had produced to back this: The evidence includes electronic signatures, radio transmission intercepts, and sightings of two separate ejections several kilometers apart around the same time – one of the Indian MIG pilot, and the other, ostensibly, of the Pakistani F-16 pilot.
Several close allies of Pakistan also fly the F-16s, and according to Indian experts, they enjoy an easy inter-operability that India witnessed during its wars with Pakistan. “It's a well known fact that the Air Forces of Pak, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey frequently exercise together and there are a few PAF pilots on deputation to those countries. It would serve US interests to rubbish India’s claims that would otherwise blemish an enviable combat record for the F-16,” a former IAF pilot said.
Adding another dimension to the controversy, another retired Indian military official wrote on Twitter: “For America, war is a multitrillion dollar business & the F-16 is a global brand. There is no way the US can ever admit that a MIG 21 shot down an F-16. It will bury the brand forever & will raise questions on other US weapon systems. Embarrassing for US.”
The issue of audit of Pakistan’s F-16s itself came under a cloud, with the Trump administration declining to confirm the Foreign Policy journal report that the US had conducted an inventory check at Pakistan’s invitation. A Pentagon spokesman told an Indian newspaper that the Defense Department was not “aware of any investigation like that,” amid signs the Trump White House was keen to have New Delhi’s back. Earlier in the week, NASA was also directed to reel back its criticism of India’s ASAT test following a White House directive. The US refusal to confirm the audit report came even as India’s army chief Gen Bipin Rawat concluded his three-day visit to the United States.
Pinaki Banerjee - NYC - 19 hours ago -Follow
Why is there a debate, when Pentagon (the official agency) says there was no audit?? F-16 were used, one was brought down, we have given proofs to US, matter should end here. US (owing to its arms market) may never acknowledge it openly, but that should not change anything since point has been made and the Americans are smart enough to deal with it.
Pragya - Juhu - 19 hours ago
Not only Pak, even America has egg on it''s face. F16 losing to a MiG means the combat value of F16 is down and there will be fewer buyers for it. Long live Abhinandan, you are a superhero
Pinaki Banerjee - NYC - 19 hours ago -Follow
the Pak PM claiming that truth will prevail!!
Good - 18 hours ago -Follow
Pakistanis seriously fear the BJP party and doesnt want it to be in power.They want a weak and corrupt party headed by an idiot in India and everybody knows who that is.
Terminator - Hyderabad - 18 hours ago -Follow
US declines to confirm audit. the answer is in the question itself.
Shiben - 19 hours ago -Follow
It was a Jordanian F16 leased to Pak by Jordan.
Pankz - 18 hours ago -Follow
if US accepts that a f-16 is brought down by an mig 21,it will effect the image of f-16 and billions of dollars of contracts which US has with countries operating f-16,or the countries which are going to buy those planes..
Rahul - 18 hours ago -Follow
Can Pakistan explain why their Army Chief and Prime Minister talked about two pilots being captured, that too with conviction and on record? They did not even get it confirmed that the second pilot belonged to them!!!! Where did the second captured pilot vanished by the way? BJP doesn't need to whip up war hysteria to win elections. The party has done enough to win. Mr. Khan, please focus on the economy of your own country. Hike in petrol price from 76 to 98 in one day speaks volumes about the control of economy in your country.
Aaa Chubby - 18 hours ago -Follow
Electronic Radar signsture Can’t lie, It logs take off and landing of all aircraft so if one is missing from it means it was shoot down. US can’t accept or deny it.
Harsh - Mumbai - 18 hours ago -Follow
Why did the US pour cold water over this fake news so soon ?
Pakisarehomosandsuck - Kalooooo Gandu Pakistan - 18 hours ago -Follow
Pakis are obviously lying as usual.
Janmohan - 18 hours ago -Follow
India never lies,Indian forces never lose. it's true f16 was downed by mig.usa has not confirmed magazine report or knowledge of any f16 in Terroristan.�
Gireesh Thampy - 18 hours ago -Follow
Who cares for US to confirm ️
Pakistan - pottistan - 18 hours ago -Follow
America will never accept the fact that a russian mig 21 ( 3rd generation aircraft) short down F16 ( 4.5 generation aircraft) as it may loose potential customers in present and future.
Its high time Indian government should ditch plans for USA made fighter aircraft and go for immediate procurement of Russian made or French made aircraft in fly away condition to meet immediate requirement .
meanwhile India can work on upgration Indigenious aircraft Tejas and development of AMCA.
John Tulip - Pune - 18 hours ago -Follow
Its a propoganda play by Pooorkis .. they paid money to that Magazine and they out up an article ...
US govt is not authorising it .. As always its a propoganda play.
Rabahuto - Kaoratala - 18 hours ago -Follow
It seems some external force are also not happy with the development of India. Yes we need a very strong government in New Delhi. Modi Ji is the answer. Bharat Mata
Arun - 18 hours ago -Follow
The so-called audit of Pakistan's F-16s is a farce & therefore, the Pentagon rightly declined to confirm it. Pakistan, has a robust propaganda machinery working 24×7 & it is aimed at India. The world knows Pakistan as a rogue & uncivilised nation inhabited by illiterates & jihadis.
Zsking - Parliament - 18 hours ago -Follow
Fact is India neither have any allies nor military power to win war....Presently India has only Feku who is forcing Armed forces into politics to win election.
Cyrus - Mumbai - 16 hours ago -Follow
Pakistan lied to it's public about the 1971 war too. everyday they told their people they are winning the war right till even few days before Dhaka fell and Bangladesh was created.
if they can lie till that level, this is nothing......
Kirit Barot - 10 hours ago -Follow
Has that media any SHAME, apologies to the nation
Aneesh - 17 hours ago -Follow
Fake news spread to by media ...
.to tarnish image of our army.....NOW....it's ..clear....No such counting happened
Arya A - 18 hours ago -Follow
America nor Pakistan will ever agree that a Mig27 brought down a F16!
F16 is considered one of the best fighter jets. Accepting the fact will destroy the BRAND name of F16!!! Simple!!
Mohan K - Hyderabad - 13 hours ago -Follow
It is the fact the world knows that MIG of IAF has shot down the F16 of Pakistan
Jumla Expert - 18 hours ago -Follow
IAF destroyed their own Helicopter Mi-17.
Ajay S Rathore - 8 hours ago -Follow
Now we should ask US journal as to who paid them to write this article?
Jungli Warrior - 13 hours ago -Follow
Why are so many Paki Cutlets commenting on our article?
Prakash - 17 hours ago -Follow
There is no creature in the cosmos which is more apt in lying than this Narendra Modi. Shame for the entire human race.
Sampath - 18 hours ago -Follow
Inflation crossed 10 percentile in our neighborhood and general public suffering. Instead of focussing on neighboring country activities, better to focus on internal problem n solutions.