As we reported earlier Pakistan Air Force made Operation Swift Retort Memorial at PAF Base Mushaf.
According to Swift Retort Memorial, its was F-16s Not JF-17s That Shot Down IAF MiG-21 and Su-30 MKI Fighter jets During Operation Swift Retort
According to the photo’s IAF MIG-21 Bison flown by WC Abhinandan, OC No. 51 Sqn of IAF, dared intruding into Pakistan Air Space and was promptly shot down by PAF F-16 AM – Wg Cdr Noman Ali Khan – OC No. 29 “Aggressive Squadron”.
IAF SU-30MKI call sign “Avenger” belonged to 221 Sqn of IAF, dared challenge the PAF package and was promptly shot down by PAF F-16BM, Sqn Ldr Hassan Mehmood Siddique.
There were a lot of rumors circulating that PAF JF-17 Thunder shot down IAF IAF MIG-21 Bison flown by WC Abhinandan.
However, the military’s media wing on Pakistan ISPR earlier said that it was meaningless to question whether Pakistan used JF-17 Thunder aircraft or US-built F-16 jets to shoot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) warplanes that violated Pakistani airspace on February 27, saying Pakistan has the right to use any of its abilities for self-defense.
Operation Swift Retort Details:
On 27 February 2019, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) conducted six surprise airstrikes at multiple locations in Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The airstrikes were part of PAF military operation codenamed Operation Swift Retort and were conducted in retaliation of Indian Air Force (IAF) airstrike in Balakot just a day before on 26 February.
It was the first time since 1971 that both countries airforce had crossed Line of Control (LoC) to conduct airstrikes on the opposing territories.
India conducted airstrike in Balakot on 26 February while Pakistan responded by conducting airstrike in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. Following Pakistan’s airstrikes, Indian Air Force (IAF) jets started pursuing Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets.
In the resulting dog fight, Pakistani officials claimed to have shot down two Indian jets and captured one Indian pilot. Indian officials initially rejected that any of the IAF jet was shot down.
However, later on, Indian officials acknowledged that one IAF jet was shot down. Indian officials also claim to have shot one down PAF jet.
Pakistan rejected Indian claims and said that PAF did not suffer any losses in the dog fight. Pakistani officials claimed that “in this day and age, it is impossible to hide downing of aircraft”.
One IAF Mil Mi-17 helicopter was also lost as a result of friendly fire, killing everyone aboard.
Here are the photos Operation Swift Retort Memorial :