Finnish expert busts Indian claim of downing Pakistan F-16
Bellingcat, which received international attention with its analysis of forged data on satellite images of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 during the still ongoing war in eastern Ukraine, in its latest finding stated that there’s no compelling evidence that an F-16 was shot down by India over Kashmir.
Authored by Veli-PekkaIt,a Finnish expert on technology, the report concluded that all signs point to downing of Indian Air Force’s Soviet era MiG 21 instead of Pakistan’s F-16.
Bellingcat analyzed the images Pakistan had shared of the downed Indian Aircraft and found out that they appears to show what it said an exhaust consistent with an R-25 engine found on the MiG-21bis.
Before drawing the conclusion the website examined the pictures from different angles shared by both Pakistan and India.
Indian media and government claimed that wreckage of MiG-21 surrounded by Pakistan army soldiers was actually that of LockHeed’s F-16 downed by old Russian old warhorse MiG-21.
Focusing on Indian claims that pictures released by Pakistan actually showed parts of F-16, the Website compared two different images released by Pakistan and determined that they were two different angles of the same aircraft part which turned out to be MiG-21.
The report also referred to CIA’s archive of MiG-21 service manual to support its argument and analysis.