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Wing Commander Noman Akram was the Commanding Officer of Sargodha-based 9 Squadron

PAF fighter pilot dies as F-16 crashes during Pakistan Day rehearsals

Wing Commander Noman Akram was the Commanding Officer of Sargodha-based 9 Squadron, which participated in Pakistan’s response to the Balakot air strikes.

8 pieces of clinching evidence that show how IAF’s Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16

Using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) & other evidence, an IAF veteran reconstructs IAF-PAF battle day after Balakot & concludes PAF indeed lost an F-16.
The F-16 manufactured by Lockheed Martin

Why American F-16 fighter planes never stood a chance to be in Indian Air Force fleet

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
US diplomat R. Clarke Cooper

Top US diplomat to visit India Wednesday to push for $15 billion fighter jet deal

US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper is coming to India with the sole agenda of pushing the defence deal.
Asif Ghafoor

Can’t hide a jet when even a motorcycle crash is reported: Pakistan on F-16 controversy

Pakistan reiterated its stand that India shooting down one of its F-16 jets in February is false.
India today produced debris of the AIM-120 missile which was fired by the Pakistani F-16

With Balakot, India both gained & lost an opportunity to push Pakistan to act against terror

All the weapons India is frenetically importing can offer no effective deterrence in the absence of political will.
MiG 21 Bison aircraft | Commons

Was it US’ F-16 or China’s JF-17 that ‘downed’ MiG 21 Bison piloted by Abhinandan?

Both F-16 and JF-17 were equally capable, as was France’s Mirage-V, of which Pakistan has plenty. These days, air platform matters relatively little.
The single engine fighter F-16 manufactured by Lockheed Martin

What PAF’s lies and deception couldn’t hide — an F-16 tail number and a brave pilot

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
IAF

IAF presents images from defence system to reiterate stand on shooting down Pakistan’s F-16

Air Vice Marshal R.G.K. Kapoor, at a media briefing, showed radar images to assert that an F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force was shot down by the Indian Air Force on 27 February.
A PAF F-16 at Nellis AFB during Ex Red Flag in 2016

In PAF lies & subterfuge, an F-16 tail number & a PAF pilot  —  both hidden to serve a myth

ISPR is leading Pakistan’s hybrid war of denial since the day PAF lost its most advanced platform to a gritty IAF counterattack. But the evidence is right in front of us to sift, writes former IAF Mirage pilot and air warfare writer Sameer Joshi.

On Camera

No reason to believe Biden won’t be as friendly to Modi and India as Trump is

All administrations will see the world through the prism of US national security interests and India’s importance – with or without Modi – will weigh heavily.
Drought in India

Global GDP could fall 20% over next 80 years due to climate change, economists warn

According to an analysis, tropical and subtropical countries whose average temperatures are already warmer than 15° C today face catastrophic economic degradation.

Defence

India and China to formally verify disengagement in Ladakh by end of the week

India and China to begin next phase of disengagement only after formal verification of initial phase is complete. Verification being done through visual detection and drones.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.