Balakot air strikes: U.S. seeks detail of ‘misuse’ of F-16 fighter aircraft


IAF had said the jets were used for an aerial raid on Indian military installations

The U.S. is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the end-user agreement, the State Department has said.

The Indian Air Force on Thursday displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to “conclusively” prove that Pakistan deployed U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India’s anti-terror operation in Balakot.

Pakistan’s denial

Pakistan on Wednesday categorically said that no F-16 fighter jets were used and denied that one of its planes had been downed by the Indian Air Force.

“We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a State Department spokesperson said when asked about reports that Pakistan had violated the end-user agreement with the U.S. in this week’s border clash with India.

“Due to non-disclosure agreements in Foreign Military Sales contracts, we cannot discuss the specifics of end user-agreements contained within,” Lt. Col. Kone Faulkner, a Defence Department spokesperson told PTI.

The United States, which is the largest seller of high-tech defence equipment globally, has a strong end-user monitoring agreement, and as a matter of practice takes all allegations of misuse of defence articles very seriously.


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