BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Indian Air Force said on Thursday that their Mi-G-21 Bison fighter jet had downed a Pakistani F-16D warplane during an encounter near the Line of Control (LoC) that separates the Jammu and Kashmir regions on Wednesday.

According to Live Fist Defense, the downing of the F-16D on Wednesday marks the first time in history that an MiG-21 Bison fighter jet has downed this U.S.-made warplane.

“The MiG-21, from the Indian Air Force’s 51 Squadron ‘Sword Arms’ is said to have conducted the kill using a Russian Vympel R-73 close combat missile. The Indian Air Force today, as part of an effort to conclusively prove that it was a group of F-16 that led the sweep, produced evidence of an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile fired from the F-16, that likely brought down the MiG-21.”

The IAF also said it had captured electronic signatures of the aggressing aircraft, concluding that it was an F-16. While the Bison’s pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, two Pakistani pilots who punched out of the F-16D are currently unaccounted for. Pakistan has switched to claiming no loss after first announcing that it had shot down two Indian jets. The abrupt correction has led to the widespread belief that Pakistan initially believed it had shot down two Indian jets, but discovered only later that it was in fact an F-16D that had come down,” Live Fist Defense reported.

While F-16s have been shot down before (e.g. Israeli-Syrian incident), there have been no recorded instance where a MiG jet has shot down the former since its creation.

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Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

SALUTE & HATS OFF TO THE IAF PILOT. WORLD’S FIRST & ONLY KILL 1 SEATER RELIC MIG 21 bringing down a 2 SEATER MOST MODERN FLY BY WIRE ADVANCED F-16. Russians will be mighty pleased.

Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

SALUTE & HATS OFF TO THE IAF PILOT. WORLD’S FIRST & ONLY KILL 1 SEATER MIG 21 bringing down a 2 SEATER F-16. Russians will be mighty pleased.

pritam
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pritam

Pak govt is so uncertain first they itself said in the conference about two Indian migs have been shot down and two pilots get caught and later on they changed their statement saying one mig was shot down. Now the thing is locals said they saw three pilots.Now the question is even if we don’t believe in local then how then where the 2nd pilot fall from? as mig is 1 seater.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

Well, a few things to know : the Bison is the last Mig-21 version ever sold and was built mid-80’s, moreover, as ALL Indian fighter-jets, they’re HIGHLY customised using French, Israeli and domestic last generation of combat systems.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

So, do not expect ANY Indian fighter-jet, be it old Mig-21, Mig-29 or Su-30MKI to behave like Russian made ones, even the SEPECAT Jaguar, which is a strike aircraft one may compare to Mig-27, can be a very bad surprise since they were upgraded with ELTA EL/M 2032 AESA radar (range 150km, as much as latest F-16V’s AESA) and can use Derby-ER BVR (beyond visual range) which can hit targets from 100km. Since Rafale is soon to be introduced and proved itself able not to be detected at all while flying just over S-300 (and even S-400) batteries, I wouldn’t… Read more »

Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

SALUTE & HATS OFF TO THE IAF PILOT. WORLD’S FIRST & ONLY KILL 1 SEATER MIG 21 bringing down a 2 SEATER F-16. Russians will be mighty pleased.

VINTAGE MIG 21 manufactured during 60s bring down a 4th generation most modern fly by wire technology F-16 if this is true then salute to the Pilot who was flying an ancient fighter plane. ACE OF SPADES.

Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

VINTAGE MIG 21 manufactured during 60s bring down a 4th generation most modern fly by wire technology F-16 if this is true then salute to the Pilot who was flying an ancient fighter plane. ACE OF SPADES.

Saleem
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Saleem

Cuba occupied Florida and gave evidence of their occupation of Florida in Cuban media by producing a piece of 10 won North Korean bank note that according to Cuban military, had American DNA (just like India claimed, shooting down F-16 by producing a piece of missile from Taiwan, a country Pakistan do not even recognise). … hmm What DNA? … Well, bank-note has invisible fingerprint of an unknown American (piece of missile came from F-16). America ridiculed Cuba by saying that they do not even have any relationship with N-Korea (just like, Pakistan told Indians that Pakistan do not use… Read more »

Meer
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Meer

Let me correct u.
Indian mig 21 was shot down by PAF F16 near LoC.
Indian air force annouced they shot down f16 but didnt provide any evidence. Meanwhile the paf said they did even used the d16 in that combat.
How irresposbilty is being showing from indian media.
Sdqn abhinandan ( mig 21 pilot ) arrested by pak arm and they are releasing the pilot in good gesture…

This is our army and this is pakistan.

shafaqat
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shafaqat

Its just a joke that Indian Mig 21 shot down a Pakistani F-16, whereas the reality is that indian two aircrafts shot down by Pak Army. One fell down in Azad Kashmir and second in indian held kashmir. An anchor of India Today was showing pic of engine of an aircraft claiming that this is F-16 downed engine, but he surprised when their officer told him that this is engine of Mig 21 not F-16, soon after live program was shut down.