- Jan 17, 2019
I can't say for a fact it was an F-16; but the likelihood of it seems the greatest just based on various little pieces of information we got at the time.Tom Cooper has been saying it since the day of air engagement. The Pakis and F-16 fanboys have hated him all along.
This is not going to change it unfortunately. He will continue to be put in the looney list.
> First Pak claimed they never used F-16's at all (total lie exposed with AMRAAM wreckage - we also claim we had radar signatures of F-16's too - out of which one disappeared; but since we didn't share them, I won't base my argument on that)
> Imran and Ghafoor went from claiming 3 pilots (Abhinandan + "doosra banda at CMH" + 1 dead - later said to be a Paki pilot who either died of wounds or was lynched by his own people on mistaken identity); to then only claiming 2 pilots, and finally stopped talking about anyone other than Abhinandan.
> Amateur/cellphone videos shot by locals (with their voices in the background) - clearly show and suggest 3 parachutes.
> So basically it was Abhinandan's MiG-21 & one Paki double seat fighter. Meaning it was either an F-16 (most likely), or a double seat variant of the JF-17 (most of the JF-17 fleet is single seat)
Only leaves one likely conclusion. Also, here's another interesting, and potentially clinching, bit of info:
Pakistan had said it purchased 12 F-16As and 1 F-16B from Jordan, but in a 2014 image released by its military’s publicity wing ISPR, 2 F-16Bs can be seen.