American aviation industry website ainonline.com reported that the first batch of pilots trained on the Rafale fighter jet for Qatar in November 2017 were Pakistani exchange officers.
US count finds none of Pakistan's F-16s missing, contradicts India's claim of shooting down fighter jet: Report
The finding by the US on the ground in Pakistan 'directly contradicts' India's claim that its air force shot down an F-16 fighter jet during an aerial dogfight on February 27.
The J-10 fighter jets of the People's Liberation Army Air Force's Bayi Aerobatic Team arrived in Pakistan on Saturday in preparation for a flight performance there.
It also said evidence on the use of F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan is there in the form of parts of AMRAAM missile recovered from the site, which is carried only by F-16 aircraft of the PAF.
'We've seen those reports and we're following that issue very closely,' US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters at his biweekly news conference on Tuesday.
Sources also said that India has shared with the US the evidence of use of F16 jet by Pakistan during retaliatory aerial combat and was confident that the US is investigating the matter.
BS Dhanoa said the MiG-21 Bison has been upgraded and has better radar, air-to-air missiles and better weapons system.
'IAF brings in an element of surprise as Pakistan would have been prepared for land-based surgical strikes by army, which was conducted on them on September 28, 2016.'
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne's statement came hours after Indian fighter jets struck Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)'s biggest terror camp in Pakistan in a pre-dawn attack.
The pre-dawn operation saw 1000 kg bombs being dropped to target the camp that the foreign secretary said was situated on a hilltop in a jungle in Balakot
The Defence Minister said neither she nor her predecessors Arun Jaitley and Manohar Parrikar had any doubts about the PM's decisions on Rafale or any other defence deal.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also took to Twitter to demand answers from Modi on the increased cost of aircraft.
The Supreme Court judgment on the Rafale fighter jet deal is a shot in the arm for the Indian Air Force, as it will strengthen its arsenal.
The top court also noted that the procurement of the Rafale jet, which has been sought to be challenged, has its origins in the post-Kargil experience.
The court on October 31 had asked the Centre to place before it within 10 days the pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets.