What is the possible outcome of USA against Pakistan for using its F-16 aircraft to attack Indian army base

 

This was in reply to a Query on Quora
Ramakrishnan C M, Colonel, Indian Army, retd, BSc, PGDM, MA(Political Science)

 

Nothing much.

Pakistan has been using weapons and wepons systems supplied by USA directly or through its NATO / CENTO/ Middle East allies regularly since 1965. It has done so openly and in flagrant breach of limitations agreements with supplier nations. Dozens of Patton Tanks displayed in Indian cantonements are those that Pakistani IST Armoured Division lost in its battle of ASA, Uttar in September 1965.

Subsequently Pakistan has utilised weapons systems, aircraft, ships and even submarines in its repeated misadventures against India.*

A major concern of USA is the fact that a low technology fighter like mig 21 could down one of its sophisticated aircraft, thereby reducing its aura of superiority and invincibility, compared to other fighters in the international markets.

Another concern would be the availability of F16 systems for evaluation by experts from Russia or India . This does not appear possible since there has been no information on any complete system having been retrieved from the wreckage site, which anyhow was in Pakistan only.

Pakistan has been admistered a slight slap on the hand now and then by USA, like when their demand for F 16 was reduced from 60 to 14, and Pakistan was made to pay for them. Pressler Amendments, Symington Amendments, have all been superseded through presidential certificates, even on nuclear proliferation by Pakistan.

Pakistan has through its projection as a frontline state against Communism in general (from 1948), and againstRussians in Afghanistan became the blue eyed boy in Asia. It has developed excellent rapport in Pentagon, State department and among prominent members of its political parties. Its China card is gathering weightage enough to rattle the policy makers in USA. Add to it the role USA is expecting Pakistan to play in the ongoing talks with Afghan Taliban, to enable a face saving exit of its troops.

Rhetorics apart nothing much can be expected on the utilisation of F16 against India now or in near future.

*US arms Pakistan with 14 combat aircrafts, 59 trainer jets, 374 armoured carriers

India had in the past have opposed the transfer of such arms to Pakistan as it believes Islamabad would eventually use the fighter jets against it

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