Ahead of the press conference, the Indian Air Force also showed video clips of the Balakot strikes.
Air Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Friday termed as a “big mistake.”
The IAF was hunting down its helicopter in Kashmir on February 27, when Indian and Pakistani forces involved in a dogfight. The chief announced punitive action would take against the wrong.
The operational-readiness of the Indian Air Force has been of a very high order,
And it achieved several operational milestones last year, including the Balakot strikes, Bhadauria told at the Indian Air Force’s annual press conference. Ahead of the press conference, the IAF including presented video clips of the Balakot strikes.
The Indian Air Force chief asserted that Pakistan lost an F-16 and India a MiG-21 in high engagement with the Pakistan Air Force a day after the Balakot strikes.
Talking about the IAF shooting down its Mi-17 helicopter in Budgam on the morning of February 27, he stated it was a “big mistake on our part”.
A Court of inquiry has presented its report, and the IAF is seeking punitive action against the wrong, he told.
Indian Air Force also showed video clips of the Balakot strikes
Disciplinary work is being taken against 2-officers in the shooting down of the chopper, the IAF chief told. A surface-to-air missile of the Indian Air-Force took down the Mi-17 aircraft in Kashmir’s
Budgam on the morn of February 27 when the Indian and Pakistani air forces were engaged in a brutal dogfight, a high-level probe had ended in August.
Bhadauria also said the purchase of Rafale aircraft and S400 air defence systems would significantly improve IAF’s operational capabilities.