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  1. 1

    Max

    If a MIG 21 brings down a F-16 , why is IAF even going for F-16 or the F-21

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  2. 2

    Manoj

    Hi Mr.Shiv, can you add the pics of F16’s GE F110 wreckage? Guess they’re by ANI or perhaps pic initially tweeted and deleted by Pakistani ground forces, who didn’t get that it was a F16.
    https://youtu.be/wmw4IRplBgc

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  3. 3

    Ram Singh

    Time to conduct the PM’s next surgical strike in the aviation industry.

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  4. 4

    Lalramchhana

    Not the world’s first kill of an F16 though. On 8th October, 1996 a Greek Mirage 2000 downed a Turkish F16.

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  5. 5

    Kashif

    Go fuck with missle part check the serial no of missle part on google ,you will find missile was sold to Taiwan, second you find the bullet where is the gun ?

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    abey

    Now with Russia’s land & sea based nuclear powerd & hypersonic missiles & targeting various US decision making centres , even taking out whole carrier groups from a safe distance, a game changer & a cause for the US to ponder about, which India need to take note in formulating defense policies.

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    M. Markus

    You can try to sugar coat it all you want but the monumentally moronic decision to to deploy a outdated MiG-21 ultimately resulted in the pilots capture which Pakistan has used as a clever bargaining chip to shifted the scale to it’s favor.

    Pakistan has won this round on all fronts, Pakistan shot down our jet and captured our pilot which has forced India to de-escalate. This should be a wake up call to the imbecile’s in charge of the air force and defense ministry.

    Is the Indian air force mentally retarded or just plain corrupt ?, Too slow and incompetent to built its own jets in time, too slow and incompetent to inducted jets brought from foreign countries.

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  8. 8

    The Cartoonist

    This is maybe the first ==claimed== downing of an F-16, but not the absolute first kill : in a previous incident in 1996, a Greek Mirage 2000 shot down a Turkish F-16 two-seater as described in this article http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/3371.
    A rumour till 2003, this was officially alleged by Turkish government and denied by Greek government in 2003 : see article http://www.ekathimerini.com/14350/article/ekathimerini/news/deadly-1996-aegean-clash-is-confirmed.

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    Narotham Reddy

    Very proud of Braveheart WC Abhinandan Varathan and their distinguished service to IAF and India…

    The shooting down of F-16 by a Mig-21 Bison will become a folklore story…

    Pray for his safe return to India and his family… but I betcha he will go straight to the base and on to another Mig-21 Bison…

    Now it is Time pull up boots and strap them and get to work on a war footing basis…?
    ?
    Get the Mirage-2000 and Mig-29 upgraded on unrgent basis…?
    ?
    Accelerate Tejas-IA and II programs… ?
    ?
    Redouble efforts on AMCA program…?
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    MMRCA 2.0 program is too long and too risky process…?
    ?
    Order 18 Super Sukhoi SU-30MKI from Russia and additional 36 from HAL with as much manufacturing and maintenance technology as India can manage to get…?
    If Russia wishes to push SU-35,, then take it on the promise that they will transfer all manufacturing and maintenance technology and upgraded radar, avionics, and engine for SI-30 MKI…?
    ?
    Order additional 18 Rafales from France and manufacture additional 36-54 from HAL with as much manufacturing and maintenance technology as India can manage to get…?
    Rafales with Meteor missile will be force multiplier…?
    ?
    I think all politicians and public must agree with a unified plan for pressing needs of armed forces… No politics anymore…

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  10. 10

    Joydeep Sircar

    It appears the F-16s turned away from the approaching Bisons towards their own airspace, allowing the R-73s infra-red seeker to get a fine lock-on. Instead of breaking away after launch Abhinandan followed his victim, a common error when the blood is up, and allowed the F-16 wingman to shoot him down. The Westward momentum carried both jets and pilots into PoK.

    J. Sircar

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  11. 11

    Deepak Malhotra

    It’s true that a professional and valiant pilot has downed an F 16 with a MIG 21 Bison and it’s a great achievement. Kudos. But why do we have such equations? Wars are meant to be won…. at times at great cost. Why not give our pilots and soldiers the best machines in the world. We have the resources.

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  12. 12

    Aiden

    At least provide a picture of downed F-16 as we provided with the serial number and injured pilot. Stop lying as it will eventually back fire one day. Two Migs down and 2 pilots lost and 2 captured show some respect at least to them.

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  13. 13

    Soumik

    Couple of things to be clear the Mig 21 Bison isn’t a 1960s aircraft it’s an upgrade from Mig 21 Bis which is from early 80s. The aircraft he flew was upgraded to Bison with Israel radar interms of Radar comparison the F16 D he shot is possibly block 50. Bison has a HDU with Hotas and can fire both R73 Vymple and R77 BVR. But where pilot skill comes is an ace pilot knows his machine like palm of his hands and was able to get his machine perform at the highest level. He knew only way he could shot a F16 down is WVR classical dog fight, and in that Mig 21 is lethal, small RCS and fast F16 radar might not have been able to pick him up in BVR and because he got in low altitude and on high off bore sight he got a radar lock and was able to keep that on despite F16 doing escaping maneuvers and finally fired his R73 for a kill shot, incredible skill from a pilot who clearly knows his strengths against F16

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  14. 14

    sunil

    Syria also claims it shot down Israel F16s

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  15. 15

    Venkata Raghuram Chakravarthy Nathamuni

    Great information about well known persons

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  16. 16

    FoxtrotGolfLima

    Though it is a shame incredible machines were lost, the fact such a technology gap was upset by skill and will fascinates me. I hope the pilots of both nations are fine and wish their people well.

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  17. 17

    Vandana

    There are always the variables where human endeavour is involved. Never underestimate this.

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  18. 18

    guru

    hi shiv please clarify this new is real or not , which wreckage is show in this video,
    is it helicopter or su30

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mm3-rxo-jw

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  19. 19

    Parsheau

    Not first. Greek Mirage 2k downed Turkish F16

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  20. 20

    Virender Choudhary

    a century of service between them?? hundred years?? can you please explain how!!

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  21. 21

    Don Duan

    Why wasn’t Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman be allowed to ve interviewed by an independent and international news station about India’s claimd of his shooting down of any PAF jets on 26th February 2019? Then the world can judge and analysis and make a conclusion about the air skirmishes.

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