BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – On February 27th, the Indian and Pakistani air forces engaged in a fierce dogfight above the Kashmir region, resulting in the downing of two IAF MiG-21 Bison fighter jets.

The Indian Ministry of Defense would later claim that their MiG-21 shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet during the intense confrontation; Islamabad later denied this.

However, when asked why they used their old MiG-21 fighter jets against the new Pakistani F-16s, the Indian Air Chief BS Dhanoa responded, “the MiG-21 is in our inventory, why will we not use it?” 

According to Dhanoa, the MiG-21 Bison has been upgraded with Western-style avionics, which includes a new radar system that is compatible with modern weapons.

“[It] has got better weapons system, better air-to-air missiles,” Dhanoa pointed out, as quoted by the National Interest.

“We fight with all the aircraft in our inventory.”

The author of the National Interest piece, David Axe, said the main reason for the use of the MiG-21 was due to the fact they have a large number of these warplanes in their inventory.

According to Axe, India has struggled for years to replace their old fleet of Russian-made jets, which is likely another reason why more modern warplanes were not present during the dogfight.

Journalist David Cenciotti provided more details into why the Indian Air Force chose to use the MiG-21 in his piece for The Aviationist:

“The MiG-21 that was shot down on Feb. 27, 2019 was part of a formation of eight Indian fighters which included four Sukhoi 30s, two upgraded Mirage 2000s and two MiG-21 Bisons that were dispatched to engage a package of 24 [Pakistani air force] jets that included eight F-16s, four Mirage III aircraft, four JF-17 Thunders.”

During the dogfight on February 27th, the two MiG-21 Bisons were later shot down by the JF-17 Thunders, resulting in the death of one Indian pilot and the capture of another one.

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Pakistan would later release the Indian pilot in a sign of good faith and to ease tensions between the two neighbors.

 

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Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

IAF lost one Bison, not two, PAF lost one F-16. AWACS records confirm this, so do PAK-TV footage of a wreckage where you clearly recognise the F-16’s engine.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

MiG-21 Bison don’t receive a western radar, they receive a Mid-East made radar, the Israeli Elta EL/M 2032. IAF also has a LOT of SEPECAT Jaguar to replace…

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

and Mirage-2000 or MiG-29 (1986) are near as old as the Bisons which are the last MiG-21 built (prod. stopped in 1985, last deliveries went to India)

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

BTW Jaguars were delivered in 1978-1979… And also have Israeli radars, as all IAF aircraft but Su-30 and Rafale.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

PAKs are trying to cover-up their use of F-16 while their contract with USA stipulate pure defensive use, they’re also trying to export their Flying c**p named JF-17

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

Since they found some nice clients with countries nobody is hot to sell to : Myanmar and Nigeria.

Chilman Ki Saafi
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Chilman Ki Saafi

JF-17 shot down two IAF jets, captured their Indian pilot, including an Israeli pilot (the news is kept secret).

Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

@ Daeshbags-Sux, interestingly I read according to one Zafar Hilali who quoted as per his authentic sources Pakistanis have been claiming that they have an Israeli pilot in custody ROFL

Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

This year’s Oscar for the Best Performance in Lying Goes to..

V B V
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V B V

India lost one Mig because of poor maintains of the jet.
USA also confirmed loss of the F-16 and reprimand pak not to use their weponary against any nation without US approval!!

S Siddique
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S Siddique

There was one Mig 21 which was shot down by Pak… But it also shot down one Pak F16. All other fighter jets of Indian Air Force were safely back at their bases. Pls take note of it, all other news were fake spread by Pak and their supporting Countries..
Kudos to our brave Pilots from Indian Air Force…

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

Paki Mirage-III are mostly 50+ year old (mainly 2nd hand Australian ones built between 1965 and 1969, or the few remainders of the 18x M-IIIEP and 3x M-IIIRP sold by France in 1967)

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

And their F-16 are not really new too since most are early 80’s F-16A/B, only not even a quarter of PAF ones being F-16C/D they likely bought 2nd hand despite US embargo.

Chilman Ki Saafi
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Chilman Ki Saafi

Syrian shot down Israeli F-16, not very long ago.

Chilman Ki Saafi
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Chilman Ki Saafi

PAF pilots shot down ten Israeli jets during Arab-Israel War. PAF has successful combat with USSR (when no country throughout the world dared to rise against it).