At Military Joint Press Conference, India Says Ready To Fight Back
With the promised release of captured pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in the air, officers of the Indian military make it clear that the establishment is not relenting
At 7 pm on Thursday, senior officers of the Indian Air Force, the Indian Army and the Indian Navy held a joint press conference where they displayed evidence of Pakistan’s use of F-16 missiles to target Indian military installations.
The evidence, a picture of which is above, comprises pieces of AMRAAM missiles, which are used on F-16 jets.
While the tone of the press conference was grim, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, in response to a question from a journalist, made it clear that India was in no mood to be friendly towards Pakistan in the near future.
When he was asked whether he felt Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement to release captured Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday was being viewed as a good gesture, the Air Vice Marshal responded – “We see this as a gesture which is in line with Geneva Convention.”
The press statements of all the three officers are below.
Press Statement from the Indian Air Force
Addressed by Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor
- On 27 Feb 19 at around 1000 hrs IAF radars detected a large package of PAF aircraft heading towards the Indian territory towards general area Jhangar. They breached the Indian airspace west of Rajauri in Sunderbani area.
- The ingressing aircraft were observed to be at various levels. IAF fighters including MiG-21 Bison, Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000 were tasked to intercept the PAF aircraft.
- The PAF aircraft attempting to target military installations were intercepted by IAF fighter aircraft which thwarted their plans. Although PAF bombs have fallen in Indian Army Formation compounds however they were unable to cause any damage to our Military Installations.
- In the aerial combat that ensued one F-16 of PAF was shot down by an IAF MiG-21 Bison. The F-16 crashed and fell across the LOC in POJ&K.
- The IAF lost one MiG-21 in the aerial engagement and though the Pilot ejected safely his parachute drifted into POJ&K where he was taken into custody by Pakistan Army.
Press Statement from the Indian Army
Addressed by Major General Surendra Singh
In response to the counter terrorist strike by the Indian Air Force, Pakistan Army first resorted to unprovoked cease fire violations in Sunderbani, Bhimbar Gali, Naushera and Krishna Ghati Sectors on 26 Feb 19 with effect from 5 ‘o’ clock in the evening and again during the night. This was responded to by the Indian Army in a befitting and appropriate manner.
As my Air Force counterpart has elaborated, on 27 Feb 19, Pakistan Air Force attempted to target military establishments in J&K. Specifically, they targeted a Bde HQ, a Bn HQ, forward defences and a Lgs installation. However, given the high level of preparedness along the Line of Control and the immediate and punitive response by own forces, the Pakistan Air Force’s designs were foiled.
We continue to maintain strict vigil along the Line of Control and the IB Sector. Our Ground Based Air Defence weapon systems have been put on alert all along the Line of Control and some parts of the IB. Mechanised Formations too have been placed on Standby. I wish to assure the nation that we are fully prepared and in a heightened state of readiness to respond to any provocation by Pakistan.
Despite the present turn of events, the Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region and will continue to act against agencies who harbour inimical designs against India and citizens of our country.
Press Statement from the Indian Navy
Addressed by Rear Admiral Ranvir Singh Gujral
The Indian Navy is deployed in high state of readiness and remains poised in all the three dimensions – on surface, under sea and in air to deter, prevent and defeat any misadventure by Pakistan in the maritime domain. I can assure of a resolute, swift and strong response when needed. We stand as one with the Army and Air Force to ensure the safety and security of the nation and our citizens.