Press Conference on ‘F-16 Shooting Down Incident’ by Air Marshal RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operation (Space), Indian Air Force
Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 08 April 2019
Press Conference by Air Marshal RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operation (Space), Indian Air Force
On the 26 February 2019 in an intelligence led operston the IAF sucessfully struck the bigges1 training camp of JeM in Balakot. The non military premptive action waas spectfically targetted at the JeM camp.
2 As a repost, PAF aircraft attempted to target mllrtary installations in India. However, their attempts were thwarted by IAF aircraft. PAF bombs fell in various Indian Army formation compounds however they were unablelo cause any damage lo our military installations. As a resull of the interception the primary objective of PAF Strike was not achieved. They were intercepted by IAF Su-30 MKI, Mirage 2000 and MiG-21 Bis0n fighter aircraft guided by ground radars and AWACS ( Airborne Early Warning And Control System). All PAF aircraft were identified by electronic signature (as shown on the slide). The IAF aircraft were vectored to shoot down PAF aircraft.
PAF aircraft fired multiple AMRAAMM missiles which were defeated by use of counter measures and tactical maneuvers. In the aerial combat that followed one MiG-21 Bison of theIAF piloted by Wg Cdr Abhinandan shot down one F-16 of PAF. As shown in radar image on the slide. The F-16 crashed and fell across the LOC in PO J&K. The IAF lost one MiG-21 in the aerial engagement and the pilot wg cdr Abhinandon ejected safely but his parachute drifted into PO J&K where he vas taken into custody by Pakistan Army.
The IAF has irrefutable evidonce of not only the fact that F-16 was used by PAF on 27 Feb 2019 but also that an lAF MiG-21 Bison shot down a PAF F-16.
(a) The Indian Army posts in the vicinityof the LoC in the Jhangar sector (under Nowshera Brigade) have visually sighted two separate parachutes. The first sighting was due West, in general area Sabzkot and the second, was after a few minutes, Southwest, general area Tandar . The two areas are approxi.mately 8-10 Kms apart as shown on the slide (the two sightings were in locations separated in time and space). The 2 parachutes were seen from places at a vantage point. (MAP SLIDE)
(b) This is corroborated by radio communications intercepts of Pakistan Army formations in the area which categorically state the capture of atleast two pilots, one them being Wg Cdr Abhinandan and a second one being admitted to CMH.
(c) Certain official statements madle by the DG ISPR further corroborate the IAF stand. In his initial statement on 27 Feb19 DG ISPR categorically said ‘3 pilots – one in custody, and two in the area’. Subsequently, DG ISPR also stated on camera in a press conference that they had two pilots. One in custody and the other had been admitted to hospital and was being given treatment.
d) The same was further corroborated by the statement by Pak PM on camera also indicating more than one pilot.
e) All of these conclusively prove that a total of two aircraft had gone down that day in the same area separated by approximately 1 to 1:30 min of time.
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