We didn't lose any Su-30 jet; Pakistan's claims false: Defence Ministry

Pakistan is making false claims of shooting down a Su-30. It appears to be a cover up for the loss of its own (F-16) aircraft, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Published: 05th March 2019 10:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th March 2019 10:59 PM   |  A+A-

Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI. (File | EPS)

By IANS

NEW DELHI: India did not lose any Su-30 fighter jet during a dogfight with Pakistani jets on February 27, the government said here on Tuesday and added Pakistan was making "false claims" to hide the loss of a F-16 aircraft.

"All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat with Pakistani fighter jets landed back safely. Pakistan is making false claims of shooting down a Su-30. It appears to be a cover up for the loss of its own (F-16) aircraft," the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

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Giving details of the operation, the ministry said on February 27 morning, the Indian air defence system was on full alert and noticed "in time" a build-up of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft on their side of the Line of Control (LoC).

"Additional aircraft were scrambled to tackle the adversary. In their attempt to attack our ground targets, PAF aircraft were engaged effectively. From the IAF side, Mirage-2000, Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved in the engagement. 

"The PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in a hurry, which is also evident from the large missed distances of the weapons dropped by them. During the combat, use of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of AMRAAM were conclusively observed. Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile," the statement said. 

Parts of the AMRAAM missile fell in an area, east of Rajouri in J&K, injuring a civilian on the ground, it added. 

The IAF said it shot down an F-16 aircraft of Pakistan in the combat, the debris of which fell in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Pakistan has denied that it used F-16 in the operation.

The PAF made a shallow incursion into the Indian territory and dropped a few bombs on February 27, a day after the IAF bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp at Balakot in the Kyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, some 80 km from the LoC.
 

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  • MK KUMAR

    i am Kashmir and i see live how Pakistan air force Shutdown Su-30 fighter jet during a dogfight in Kashmir.i don't know why Indian Defense Ministry lie.
    4 months ago reply
    • rohit pandeya

      fake trolls employed by ISPR to spread disinformation and false news to cover up their own failure .he is even using a fake name ...LoL. illiterate guy who claims to be an aviation expert who can recognize aircrafts ...what you saw were the debris of the PAF f16 and the two pilots who bailed out from it. one died and the other was lynched by the pok residents and later died in CMH................
      3 months ago reply
    • Sushil Tiwari

      So from the ground
      4 months ago reply
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