Air Vice Marshal Ravi Kapoor confirmed during a joint briefing on Thursday (28 February) that India’s MiG-21 Bison shot down a Pakistani F-16.
India also displayed an AMRAAM missile casing used by F-16 as a material evidence of their involvement. Electronic signatures and photographs were also recorded as further proof of the US made aircraft’s involvement.
During Pakistani aggression bombs fell inside Indian army compounds but failed to cause any significant damage due to a swift IAF response.
The briefing was slightly delayed due to a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minster was briefed about the security situation by the three service chiefs along with the National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval.
The briefing was earlier postponed from 5 pm to 7 pm reportedly after Pakistan’s decision to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The Wing Commander would be released tomorrow (1 March) based on assurances by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.