450 million US dollars i.e. more than 3580 crore rupees. America is giving so much money to Pakistan. The task is that Pakistan will use this money for the maintenance of 39 year old F-16 fighter jets bought from America. What kind of loss will this cause to India? Before that we read a story. Story of Wing Commander Abhinandan. It won’t take much time. The story ends in just four lines and the status of the Pakistani F-16 fighter jet will also be known.
This is the story… On 27 February 2019, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman received news that Pakistani F-16 fighter jets had crossed the border and entered. Abhinandan followed him with his MiG-21 Bison fighter plane. In a dog fight, Vardhaman went to the Pakistani border. But during this time he shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet with his MiG-21. Pakistan, forced out of its habit, kept denying this fact. The humiliation that was happening in front of the world and America. But the truth has come to the fore.
Why does Pakistan need this relief from America? In fact, Pakistan currently has about 75 F-16 fighter jets. These multirole F-16 Fighting Falcon are with Pakistan since 1983. Pakistan has 37 F-16AM Block 15, 17 F-16BM Block 15, nine F-16A Block 15 ADF, four F-16B Block 15 ADF, 12 F-16B Block 15 ADF and six F-16D Block 52+ fighter jets. Huh.
Why did Pakistan ask for help for the F-16?
It has been almost 39 years for the oldest F-16 fighter jets with Pakistan. are getting old. Will deteriorate without maintenance. Now it is not a cycle that it will be maintained at low cost. Now if you keep elephants, then the expenses will also come the same. Military upgradation is often lacking due to Pakistan’s government, army and their internal conflicts. India is continuously upgrading the weapons and equipment of its three armies. Pakistan, according to its nature, will be worried that it should not happen that India becomes more powerful. Do not give a befitting reply to his actions. That’s why maintenance and repair is also necessary.
What will be its effect on India?
This upgrade is not going to make any difference to India or Indian Air Force. Because war is not won on the basis of weapons, technology and fighters only. It requires strategy and immediate fortitude. Then even if you have a weapon of small or low strength, you are heavy on the enemy. Now you ask how? So first let us compare the comparison of Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force. Do you know who is so powerful?
Indian Air Force VS Pakistani Air Force
The Indian Air Force is considered to be the third most powerful air force in the world. Whereas Pakistan does not even have a name anywhere. India ranks third in this Global Air Powers Ranking given by WDMMA. IAF has a total of 1926 aircrafts. China has more aircrafts than India, but India ranks above it with the arrival of Rafale, upgrade of Tejas fighter jet and many other types of modernization.
IAF’s 1316 aircraft are ready to fly at any time. India has 632 attack, 709 support and 304 training aircraft. In the future, 689 aircraft will be bought or built. Indian Air Force has 438 helicopters. There are 250 transport aircraft, 7 refuelers and 14 special mission aircraft.
Pakistan Air Force does not come anywhere in the world’s most powerful ten air force. India has 283 Sukhoi-30 Mki (Su- 30 Mki) received from Russia. These are very state-of-the-art fighter jets, which can fight war in any kind of weather. If fighter jets are superior then Pakistan does not stand anywhere in front of India.
Talking about multi-role fighters, India has 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft, 69 Mikoyan MiG-29 and 59 Dassault Mirage. Order has been given for 123 Tejas, currently the Air Force has 5 Tejas. There are 139 SPECAT Jaguar and 125 MiG-21 Bison aircraft.
Pakistan has 134 JF-17 from China. 50 new state-of-the-art JF-17s are to be inducted into the fleet. Apart from this, the order of Chengdu J-10C has been given to China. Its delivery is going to happen this year. 80 Mirage-3 fighter jets and 90 Mirage-5 fighter jets and 140 Chengdu-F-7PG are in service. But apart from the F-16 and JF-17, no aircraft is multi-role.
Who has how many soldiers?
IAF has more than 1.70 lakh soldiers. 1.40 lakh reserve force. There are 70 thousand active soldiers in the Pakistani Air Force. There are 8 thousand reserve forces. Pakistan Air Force has more than 970 aircrafts. Now you understand how Pakistan will face the Indian Air Force with less than half the military strength.
who has how many helicopters
The Indian Air Force has 22 Apache Attack Helicopters, 68 HL Light Combat Helicopters, 15 Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopters, 150 Mi-17V-5S Helicopters. At present, Pakistan does not have any attack or combat helicopter. It has helicopters for search and rescue operations. Apart from this, there are Mi-171. Which is useful in war.
Now tell which fighter jet of India is heavier than Pakistan’s F-16
PAK F-16 Fighting Falcon: It is a multirole combat aircraft. Its combat range is 546 km. The ferry range is 4200 kms. It rises at a speed of 254 meters per second. It can go up to a maximum of 18 thousand feet. Its maximum speed is 2178 kms. The radar of the F-16 can detect only 20 targets within a radius of 84 km. It has 11 hard points. That is, by making so many bombs, rockets, missiles or a mixture of them, they can be deployed on fighter jets.
Indian Rafale Fighter Jet: There are 36 Rafale fighter jets in the Indian Air Force. It is flown by one or two pilots. Its maximum speed is 1912 km/h. But the combat range is 1850 km. The operational range is 3700 KM. It can reach a maximum height of 15,835 meters. It is capable of flying 305 meters in one second. It is mated to a 30 mm autocannon, which fires 125 rounds per minute. Apart from this, there are 14 hardpoints in it. It can deploy air-to-air, air-to-ground, air-to-surface, nuclear deterrence missiles. Apart from this, many other types of bombs can also be deployed.
Indian Tejas Fighter Jet: The Indian Air Force has 40 Tejas Mark 1 fighter jets. The speed of this indigenously built fighter jet is 1980 km per hour. The range is 1850 km. Although its ferry range is 3200 km. It can go up to a maximum height of 16 thousand meters. It is fitted with a 23 mm twin barrel GSH-23 Canon. It has 8 hardpoints. That is, 8 rockets, 8 missiles, 8 bombs or a combination of these three can be used.
Indian Su-30 MKI: India has 272 Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jets. Its maximum speed is 2120 kilometers per hour. Combat range is 3000 km and ferry range is 8000 km. It can reach a maximum height of 17,300 meters. It gets a 30 mm autocannon. Apart from this, there are 12 hardpoints in it. That is, 12 rockets, 12 missiles, 12 bombs or a mixture of them can be used.
So does India need to fear Pakistan’s F-16
No… not at all. The reason is that fighter jets like Rafale, Tejas and Sukhoi-30 MKI are more modern. Made with new technologies. If you look at speed, range, number of weapons, etc., in many cases your fighter jets are much better. Three years later, Tejas-Mark 2 will become a fighter jet. In front of whose power the F-16 fighter jet will remain nothing. A war situation requires strategy, a mix of jets, and accurate use of weapons.