The recently arrived French Rafale jets have given a massive boost to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Loaded with BVRAAM (beyond visual range) Meteor missile, the Rafales can boast to be the most powerful jets in Asia today.
This has got Pakistan worried. The foreign office of Pakistan recently issued a statement saying that acquisition of nuclear-capable Rafale jets was a clear indication that India was amassing military capabilities beyond its security needs.
Last year, during the aerial skirmishes along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir between Indian and Pakistani Air Force, an Indian MiG-21 jet was shot down by a U.S.-made AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) possibly fired by US-built F-16 jet.
ndia also claimed to have downed a Pakistani jet – an assertion rejected by Islamabad – but India was left red-faced with the capture of its MiG-21 pilot (Abhinandan Varthaman), who was paraded on Pakistani television and later released.