Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, Major General Surinder Singh Mahal and Rear Admiral Dalbir Singh Gujral at a military press conference at South Block in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Live: India Says Have Evidence Pakistan Used F-16 Jet In Feb. 27 Strike

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Up To Political Leadership To Release Evidence Of Balakot Strike's Success

India's Air Vice Marshal said that they have fairly credible evidence of damage to terrorist camps in Balakot, Pakistan from the operation carried out two days ago.

  • India hit intended target, destroyed camps in Feb. 26 strike, R.G.V. Kapoor said.
  • It would be premature to say the number of casualties in the terrorist camp.
  • He added that they will leave it up to the government to decide if they want to release evidence for the Balakot strike.

Enough Proof That Pakistan Used F-16 Aircraft, Say Armed Forces

Indian Armed Forces representatives said that they had proof that Pakistan used an F-16 aircraft to violate Indian airspace in yesterday’s operation. This was after Pakistan denied the claim that India had downed one Pakistani F-16 fighter jet, saying that they did not use the said aircraft in yesterday's operation.

The armed forces representatives showed the wreckage of an AMRAAM missile fired by Pakistan. They added that electronic signatures prove that F-16 were used by Pakistan.

Source: BloombergQuint
Source: BloombergQuint

Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said:

  • There is enough evidence to show that Pakistan used F-16s in the mission through their electronic signatures.
  • Parts of AMRAAM air-to-air missile which is carried only on the Pakistani F-16s were recovered east of Rajouri within the Indian territory.