Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday rejected the recent media report on F-16 fighter aircraft of Pakistan.
The writers of the article should do proper study of the ‘technical and factual’ evidences provided by the Indian Air Force to concretely prove the use of F-16 by Pakistan to target the Indian military installations, Sitharaman said while addressing the press conference in Vadodara.
The Defence Minister said the electronic signature of the aircraft intercepted by IAF radars was that of an F-16 fighter plane.
This electronic signature, a kind of vibration or radiation during flight, is unique for every aircraft like the human signature. It was pretty clear that the electronic signature intercepted by IAF was that of an F-16.
The reaction came with reference to the media report in a Foreign Policy magazine in the US claiming that all the F-16 fighter planes given by America to Pakistan have been found to be ‘intact and
accounted for’ during a recent physical count.
Our Air Force had shown pieces of AMRAAM missile found on the Indian soil prior to air strike, she added.
This missile can be fitted only on F-16. How such a missile reached the Indian soil, if F-16 was not used.
The writer and others associated with the US magazine, according to the Defense Minister, should study the factual and technical evidences provided by the IAF in this regard.