On February 27, 2019, Pakistan shot down an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter aircraft and arrested wing commander Abhinandan. Both sides made differing claims about what actually happened on that day. The shootdown occurred during an engagement following a Pakistani strike on Indian territory, which was in response to the February 26 Indian airstrike on Pakistani territory.
India claimed that the IAF downed a Pakistani F-16, while Pakistan claimed that it shot down two IAF aircraft. Pakistan proved their point with all the necessary evidences. Some outlets claimed that they were two MiG-21s, and others that they were one MiG-21 and one Su-30MKI. Media from either country refuted the other’s claims. As a result of the Pakistani shootdown of the IAF aircraft, Pakistan captured and subsequently returned the downed plane’s pilot, wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
On April 8, 2019, the IAF doubled down on its assertions that Abhinandan shot down an F-16. While the IAF presented some circumstantial evidence — in the form of unverified radar images of an F-16 dropping off radar — to support that claim, it was insufficient to conclude the claim to be substantiated. Open-source evidence collected via social media points to a single IAF MiG-21.
India’s statement that its air force shot down one of Pakistan’s U.S.-built F-16 aircraft during a military flareup in late February appears untrue, according to a report by Washington, D.C.-based Foreign Policy magazine, which cited two U.S. defense officials it didn’t identify.
A U.S count of Pakistan’s F-16 jets revealed none to be missing, the U.S. officials told Foreign Policy, undercutting India’s position that its air force shot down a Pakistan Air Force jet in a clash that also led to the loss of a Soviet-era Indian Air Force MiG-21.
Now Pakistan Air Force have shared the story of downing Indian Jets in a special celebration event held by PAF.PAF has also given solid shreds of evidence that Pakistan not only defended its border but also launched a targeted operation to destroy Indian Plans of aggression.