Pak Has ‘Some Edge’ With Its Fleet Of F-16 Jets: IAF 

NEW DELHI — If the Indian Air Force possessed high levels of “technological asymmetry”, then it would have been able to inflict heavy damage on Pakistan during the Islamabad’s aerial raid on February 27, according to an IAF report. 

The report analysed various aspects of IAF’s air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 and the subsequent Pakistani retaliation the next day. 

In the report, the IAF said Pakistan Air Force has been consistently enhancing its air defence and offensive capabilities since the Kargil war in 1999 and there was a need for India to bolster its “technological asymmetry” for aerial combat, official sources said sharing details from the report.

At present, Pakistan has some edge with its fleet of F-16 jets with AMRAAM missile fitted with them, said an official.

The sources said the planned induction of Rafale aircraft with deadly Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India a significant advantage over Pakistani Air Force.

“We felt we could not punish the adversaries appropriately. So we need to bolster technological asymmetry so that the enemy does not even dare to come close to the border,” said a source.

On the Balakot strikes, the report said the Israeli Spice 2000 precision guided munitions (PGM) fired from Mirage 2000 jets hit five out of the six designated targets in the JeM training facility. However, one Spice PGM did not leave the aircraft because of a drift in the inertial navigation system. 

The report said the deception used was successful as Pakistan was caught off guard despite their air force being put on highest alert.

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