The Indian pilot’s father, Abhinandan’s wing commander, who was captured by the Pakistani army after killing his MiG-21 on February 27 during a herd, made the F-16 Air Force Pakistan (PAF) a real threat to New Delhi.
Abhinandan’s Father Says Pakistan’s F-16 Is a Real Threat for India
“The F-16 of Pakistan and its AMRAAM missiles is a real threat to India,” said Simhakutty Varthaman, India’s air carrier, at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.
While reflecting on Balakot’s failed attack, the former military official said India had launched seven planes to the alleged Jaish-e Mohammad site in Bahawalpur.
“PAF, who was aware, quickly raised its F-16s with Indian warplanes,” added. This led the Indian Air Force (IAF) to return without completing the mission.
“First, we had to take the F-16s off our backs and make sure they were going in a different direction when we went to Balakot,” Varthaman added.
The Indian media quoted him as saying that the Balakot strike was the first time the IAF had crossed the Legal Line since 1971.
No less than 24 hours after the Indian escalation in Balakot, PAF reacted vigorously and shot down two Indian aircraft and captured a living pilot then released as a gesture of peace.
Despite the humiliation at international level, the former IAF official repeated the failed statement that hundreds of “militants” in the Balakot attack died.