In the early morning hours of February 26 this year, the Indian Air Force avenged the terror attack on CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. It is to be noted that over 40 CRPF jawans were martyred in the attack that was staged by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group. The Indian Air Force crossed the border and dropped 100 Kgs of laser explosives on terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan. It was said that around 300 terrorists could have been killed. After facing massive humiliation across the world, Pakistan responded to India's counter-terror strike and targeted military installations on the Indian side. Alert IAF gave a befitting reply and shot down one Pakistani fighter jet. Unfortunately, during counter operations, due to the technical snag, one fighter jet crashed and Pakistani forces arrested Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Later, Pakistan was forced to release the IAF's Wing Commander. The tension between India and Pakistan was at its peak with the close encounter of the Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force. In the likely scenario of a war between India and Pakistan, which country's air force will rule the Sky? Find out here:
Indian Air Force: Fighter Jets
Sukhoi Su30M (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Sukhoi Su30M is a twin-seater fighter jet and it has a double engine multirole fighter of Russian origin. It carries One X 30mm GSH gun along with 8,000 kg of external weapons. Sukhoi Su30M is capable of carrying a variety of medium-range guided air to air missiles with active or semi-active radar or Infra-red homing close range missiles. It has a maximum speed of 2500 km/hr i.e. Mach 2.35.
Mirage-2000 (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Mirage-2000 is a single-seater fighter jet. The multi-role fighter of French origin is powered by a single-engine which can attain a maximum speed of 2495 km/hr i.e. Mach 2.3. The fighter jet carries two 30 mm integral cannons and two matra super 530D medium-range and two R-550 magic II close combat missiles on external stations.
MIG 29 (Photo Credit: Twitter)
MIG 29 is a single-seater fighter aircraft. The aircraft of Russian origin comes equipped with a double engine and can attain the maximum speed of 2445 km per hour i.e. Mach-2.3. It has a combat ceiling of 17 km. The fighter jet carries a 30 mm cannon along with four R-60 close combat and two R-27 R medium-range radar-guided missiles.
Jaguar (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Jaguar is a single-seater deep penetration strike aircraft of Anglo-French origin which comes equipped with a twin-engine. It can attain a maximum speed of 1350 km /hr i.e. Mach 1.3. The fighter jet has two 30mm guns and can carry two R-350 Magic CCMs (overwing) along with 4750 kg of external stores (bombs/fuel).
Rafale (Photo Credit: Twitter)
The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. The Rafale is referred to as an "omnirole" aircraft by Dassault. It has a maximum speed of 2,223 km/h and can carry nuclear bombs. It has a service ceiling of 50,000 feet. The jets will be soon inducted in the Indian Air Force.
Pakistan Air Force: Fighter Jets
JF 17 Thunder
JF 17 Thunder (Photo Credit: Twitter)
JF 17 Thunder is powered by a Guizhou WS-13 or Klimov RD-93 afterburning turbofan and it has a top speed of Mach 1.8. The JF-17 can deploy diverse ordnance, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, and a 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon.
Mirage III (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Mirage III is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by French aircraft company Dassault Aviation. It has a maximum speed of up to Mach 2.2. The combat range of Mirage III is 12,000 km and has a ceiling range of 56,000 feet.
Mirage 5 (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Mirage 5 is also is a supersonic attack aircraft designed in France by Dassault Aviation during the 1960s. The aircraft is capable of nuclear weapons delivery. It has a maximum speed of up to 2,350 Km/h. The combat range of Mirage 5 is 1,250 km and has a ceiling range of 4,000 feet.
Chengdu F-7P (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Chengdu F-7P is China's license-built version of the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21. It has a maximum speed of up to 2,200 Km/h. The combat range of Mirage 5 is 850 km and has a ceiling range of 2,200 feet. The fighter jet can carry two 30 mm Type 30-1 cannon and 50 kg to 500 kg unguided bombs.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon (Photo Credit: Twitter)
F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by Lockheed Martin. The fighter jet has the maximum speed of 795 kn at sea level. The Combat range of F-16 is 295 nmi and it has a ceiling range of 50,000 feet. It can carry loa ds of armament including guns, rockets, missiles and bombs.
It is worth mentioning here that IAF is superior to PAF and rule the sky. The IAF has maintained an edge in terms of fighter aircraft over PAF.