India Confirms Pakistani F-16 Fired AIM-120 AMRAAM

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On February 28, India released photos allegedly of the remains of an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) from the site of a dogfight between Indian MiG-21s and Pakistani F-16s in Kashmir. India claimed a Pakistani aircraft fired the beyond visual range missile before being downed by a MiG-21. The footage of the missile remains clearly displays the missile’s “AIM-120C-5” designation and includes its serial number, which India will present to the United States, who produces the AIM-120, to learn when the missiles were delivered to Pakistan.

The aerial engagement took place on February 27 over the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, when two Indian fighter jets responded to Pakistani F-16 presence in the area, reportedly carrying out strikes on military targets. U.S. officials have yet to comment on the engagement or the evidence of the AIM-120.

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Jeremy Chin, "India Confirms Pakistani F-16 Fired AIM-120 AMRAAM," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 1, 2019, last modified April 8, 2019,