New Delhi: The Indian Air Force on Monday said that they have "irrefutable evidence" to prove that F-16 was used by Pakistan Air Force on February 27 during aerial combat.
"Have more credible evidence that is clearly indicative of fact that Pakistan has lost one F-16. However, due to security and confidentiality concerns we are restricting the information being shared in the public domain," Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said at a press conference.
Reacting to IAF statement, Pakistan's military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that IAF is still short of presenting evidence. "Repetitions don't make truth of a lie. Despite claiming possession of evidence on shooting F16, IAF still short of presenting it. Don't overlook Pakistan's silence for not drum beating losses on Indian side. Fact is that PAF shot down two IAF jets, wreckage seen on ground by all," he tweeted.
Sources had earlier confirmed to News18 that the F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. There is enough technical evidence, they added, for the IAF to be convinced that it was indeed an F-16 that the Wing Commander engaged with and eventually shot down.
The IAF said that on February 27, there were confirmed sighting ejections at two different places separated by at least 8-10 km — one was an IAF MiG-21 Bison and the other was a PAF aircraft.
News agency ANI had earlier quoted its sources as saying that radio communication of Pakistan Air Force intercepted by IAF confirmed that one of the F-16s that attacked India on February 27 "did not return to its base".