When Emmanuel Bone, the diplomatic advisor to the French President, came to India for a strategic dialogue on 7 January, he had an important question from the Indian Air Force that somehow the technology of the Rafale fighter aircraft, especially its missile capability from Pakistan. Be kept away India apprised diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bone that even though Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of the Rafale aircraft, is selling the omni-roll platform Rafael to Qatar, Paris must ensure that any Pakistani origin by Doha (the capital of Qatar) The person should not get access to access Rafael.

After this, Paris has assured India not only of Rafael technology, especially that Meteor air-to-air missile will be kept out of reach of Pakistan, but also that the Mirage 3/5 fighter in Islamabad’s troops now The aircraft or the Augusta 90B will not be upgraded. India demanded this guarantee after losing its MiG-21 during a retaliation by the Pakistani Air Force on February 27, 2019, a day after the Balakot attack.

That day Pakistan refused to give its promise to the US, in which it had assured that it would only use F-16 aircraft in the war against terror and not against India. It was a 75 km range air-to-air AIM-120-C-5 missile fired from the Pakistani F-16, which attacked the MiG-21 Bison Interceptor of Wing Commander Abhinandan on the Line of Control in Rajouri-Mendhar sector. .

Had the Indian Air Force not practiced keeping in mind that Pakistan would use the F-16 against India? In this regard, a senior Indian Air Force officer, on condition of anonymity, said that we were very clear that Pakistan would use the F-16 against us and that is why we called the Air Force fighter planes Dynamic Attack Zone 1 and 2 or D-Max. Practice of placing 1 and 2 beyond the AIM-120C air-to-air missile.

It is to be noted here that the Pentagon had earlier assured India that Islamabad would not use the F-16 or other missiles against India. The US had informed India of this when New Delhi requested Washington to put a software lock on the missile so that it could not be used against India.


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