WASHINGTON: Purportedly, JF-17 fighter jet of Pakistan shot down Indian warplane MiG 21 in Azad and Jammu Kashmir closing week, as in line with a CNN report.
The JF-17 is a Chinese-designed fighter jet produced mutually through Pakistan and China. The CNN record stated an American diplomat stated Washington desired to realize if Pakistan used a US-built F-16 jet to shoot the aircraft.
“It can also had been one of these jets that on Wednesday downed an Indian Air Force fighter plane, main to the capture with the aid of Pakistan of an Indian pilot [Abhinandan Varthaman]” stated the CNN report.
The Indian fighter jet was a MiG-21, a Soviet-designed plane,which has been in use since the 1960s. The MiG-21 “forms the backbone” of the Indian Air Force, which has approximately 200 of these in its stock, the report noted.
Nishank Motwani, a journeying fellow on the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Acton, Australia, instructed CNN that Indian pilots call MiG 21 “a flying coffin” as it had met several accidents.
“And that illustrates a problem for India. While it has a large navy finances, a full-size chunk of that goes closer to maintenance of existing system, and salaries,” the report endured.
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The file includes a quote from a recent inquiry with the aid of an Indian parliament committee, pronouncing: “Modernisation gets an insignificant 14 consistent with cent (of allocated funds), that is grossly insufficient.”
On Indian media’s document about the usage of F-sixteen by using Pakistan, the US Embassy spokesperson stated,“We are aware of these reports and are looking for greater information. We take all allegations of misuse of defence articles very severely.”
The Pakistan’s army spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, refuted the reports of the usage of F-16s in capturing down the Indian fighter jet while it crossed the Line of Control.
The United States regularly imposes restrictions on how its exported military hardware can be used thru so-called give up-user agreements.