In the wake of the recent tension between India and Pakistan, the US is seeking more information about the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets
The State Department has sought more information from Pakistan regarding the misuse of the fighter aircraft against India.
Indian Air Force has claimed that F-16 jets were used by Pakistan against India during the military installations in Kashmir on February 27. They also displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence.
“We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI. “Due to non-disclosure agreements in Foreign Military Sales contracts, we cannot discuss the specifics of end user-agreements contained within.”
Documents that are available in the public domain suggests that the US has imposed nearly a dozen restrictions on Pakistan related to its use of F-16.
According to Pentagon’s Defense Security and Cooperation Agency, F-16 jets were meant to be used to enhance Pakistan’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.
The F-16 aircraft was shot down by an ageing MiG-21 Bison of the IAF during the dogfight between the two air forces.