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Pakistan’s Long, Controversial Love Affair with the F-16 Fighting Falcon

Sebastien Roblin It’s really complicated. Pakistan’s Long, Controversial Love Affair with the F-16 Fighting Falcon During an aerial skirmish on February 27, 2019, an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison was shot down by a radar-guided missile. The Pakistani Air Force (PAF) claims the kill was scored by a JF-17 Thunder, a domestically-built fighter built with Chinese assistance. However, India subsequently revealed fragments of an AIM-120C-5 missile—a U.S.-built weapon only compatible with the American-built F-16s in PAF service. Pakistan has incentives to deny the use of F-16s, as secret end-user agreements may restrict the aircraft’s use against India—despite that being […]

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