US seeks information from Pak over use of F-16 jets against India

US seeks information from Pak over use of F-16 jets against India

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.

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“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.

 

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