As per the United States Department report, America has asked Pakistan to respond on the misuse of F-16 fighter jets against it’s ‘friend’ India and violating the end-user agreement. The Indian Air Force on Thursday displayed the parts of an AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) used in the US made F-16 fighter jet. The Central Government shared the parts of the F-16 jet with United States affirming that it is the part of the F-16 fighter jet provided by the US to Pakistan for the action on terrorists. The F-16 fighter jet was brought down by IAF pilot, wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, in an aerial raid over the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday. The Indian side has provided the parts of the F-16 fighter jet to the US as an evidence to prove that Pakistan has violated the end user-agreement that it signed with the US.
The AMRAAM missile is a versatile and proven weapon with operational flexibility in a wide variety of scenarios, including air-to-air and surface-launch engagements. It’s mature seeker design allows it to quickly find targets in the most combat challenging environments. It is procured by 37 countries including the US.
HOW IT STARTED?
Indian Air Force blew-off terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) across the LoC by conducting air strike on February 26, 2019, and just a day after the strike, Pakistan entered the Indian airspace and targeted military camps. One of the three Pakistani jets that crossed the LoC was taken down turned out to be a the F-16 jet, though Pakistan has refuted India’s claim.
UNITED STATES ACTION
United States stands first in importing high tech defence equipments and thus it closely monitors the end user agreements. Therefore, it has taken India’s allegation very seriously but before arriving to any conclusion, it needs to establish all the facts and information. Though the Defence department of the US has denied discussing the specifics of the end user-agreement, the US is speculated to take stringent action against Pakistan if it finds the latter breaching any of it’s provisions of the end user-agreement. “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.
According to Pentagon’s Defence Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) F-16s were handed over to Pakistan to eliminate terrorism and conduct counter–insurgency. As per public reports, US has imposed nearly dozens of restrictions on Pakistan related to use of F-16.