Shooting down chopper on February 27 was 'big mistake', says IAF chief
NEW DELHI: Air Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Friday described as a "big mistake" the IAF shooting down its helicopter in Kashmir on February 27, when Indian and Pakistani forces engaged in a dogfight, and said punitive action is being taken against the guilty.
The operational preparedness of the IAF has been of a very high order and it achieved a number of operational milestones last year, including the Balakot strikes, Bhadauria said at the Indian Air Force's annual press conference.
The IAF is prepared to meet any contingency and does not rest on past laurels, Bhadauria said.
Pakistan lost an F-16 and India a MiG-21 in aerial engagement with the Pakistan Air Force a day after the Balakot strikes, IAF chief Bhadauria said.
Talking about the IAF shooting down its own Mi-17 helicopter in Budgam on the morning of February 27, he said it was a "big mistake on our part".
Kaleem Abudul1 hours ago
Sad, we killed our own soldiers. RIP.
Dipankar Dasgupta1 hours ago
What the Hell - they never told us before that they shot their own chopper down - are they mad or what? Is this preparedness? My foot
Somnath1 hours ago
Just like our economy, shooting self in the foot.
Harami Popat1 hours ago
Indian army is useless.are they blind shooting own helicopters? This is why these pakistani fools keep making fun of us. We act dumb and they get an opportunity to laugh and make fun of us. It is becoming embarassing now! Pls stop this god!
Ravishankar BalasubramanianLocation1 hours ago
Finally an admission. A detailed enquiry is needed and need a structural answer. Rather than just blaming the sepoys.
Tiger1 hours ago
One mission 5 km across the border and we lost one MIG and shot our own chopper and one soldier captured.
MudiGujriot1 hours ago
But that time official statement was the chopper crashed due to technical issues?
Sudeesh60 minutes ago
we lost 2 MIG, 1 Chopper, Abhinandan...total failure balakote strike..fooled for election propaganda by BJP Chors..we had more damage.
Rahul Singh1 hours ago
After purchasing s400 & rafale .then IAF going to shoot rafale with its own s400.. superpower military dumbshit
Hindustani1 hours ago
The entire world is laughing at us..id0tsx I thought IAF people are the smartest of all Army units but they are just h0peless shameless.
Dreet1 hours ago
Skeletons are slowly falling out of the cupboard.You cannot fool all the people all the time
Rahul BarnwalDelhi1 hours ago
This is a war casualty in friendly fire.
HellboyJannath1 hours ago
it's not a mistake...its a serious procedural failure... not acceptable
Simon Rogerearth1 hours ago
isn''t there any way for them to prevent such stupidity ?
Irfanul HaqueJubail, Saudi Arabia52 minutes ago
We are very good at such things. We kill our own people in the name of enemies.
VishalMumbai, India54 minutes ago
Good to see officers not trying to cover up their mistakes.
Tiger35 minutes ago
We did not kill but murdered our own brave soldiers.
Theskull cave1 hours ago
since useless idiot 56 took credit for balakot strikes....he should take credit for this one too...right?!!
raja suri1 hours ago
I appreciate our IAF for their truth hats off unlike our politicians
CMadhubani9 minutes ago
not just a mistake, It was a big blunder.
Luke LuketerPanjim , Goa57 minutes ago
Btw Pakistan didn''t lose an F-16 ...The US military confirmed their inventory keeping with Pakistan for F-16''s were all accounted for.I don''t trust the Pakistan military btw...
Dreet1 hours ago
Very expensive mistake Indeed.