AIM-120C-5 Air-to-Air Missile Demonstrated by India
The follow-up effects of the Indian-Pakistani conflict continue. The Indian Press Trust disclosed on March 2 that the United States is negotiating with Pakistan through diplomatic channels to seek information on the involvement of U.S. F-16 fighters in the Indian-Pakistani Kashmir conflict. Reported that if the Pakistani Air Force put the F-16 into operation, it would violate the terms of the US-Pakistan arms sales agreement. In fact, arms sales have become an important means for the United States to control other countries, not only Pakistan, such as non-NATO allies, even special allies such as Britain and Israel.
During the clash on February 27, Pakistan announced the shooting down of two Indian Air Force fighter planes, emphasizing that no F-16 had been deployed, while India insisted on shooting down one F-16 of the Pakistani Air Force. As evidence, the Indian Air Force publicly displayed the remains of an American AIM-120C5 medium-range air-to-air missile, which was launched by only F-16 fighters in the Air Force.
According to the public documents, since 1983, the Pakistani Air Force has obtained four batches of F-16, with 76 in active service. But the United States has turned the F-16 into a political commodity and used the provisions of foreign arms sales documents to coerce or even influence Pakistans defense foreign policy. Allegedly, the United States has carefully considered the potential risks of technology and equipment transfer, involving the sale of F-16, there are more than a dozen new and unprecedented measures. These measures cover semi-annual checks of the inventory of F-16 aircraft equipment and ammunition, including relevant technical data and other spare parts stocks, etc. [No matter who has the right to approach (F-16) fighter aircraft and its equipment, or whether the aircraft flies outside Pakistan or participates in third-country exercises, it must obtain prior approval from the United States Government. If the Pakistani Army is found to have violated the relevant restrictive policies, the United States will inevitably use logistical supply cuts to paralyse its F-16 fleet.
The United States is the worlds largest arms exporter, with abundant end-user monitoring tools, and in practice attaches great importance to the suspected abuse of U.S. military products. With regard to arms control, the United States mainly divides the source of control and logistics. The simplest way is to stop the supply of aircraft consumables. In the 1999 Cargill conflict, because the United States refused to supply these spare parts, the Pakistani Air Force F-16 fighters only made more than 20 sorties and had to be replaced by Chinese-made F-7P fighters.
Even as the core allies of Britain and Israel, the US arms sales control is still heartless. According to Janes Defense Weekly, representatives of the U.S. Department of Defense and technical advisers of Lockheed Martin Co. are based in the Royal Navys French base to monitor the avant-garde strategic nuclear submarine, Britains only strategic strike platform. The US-made Trident-IID5 submarine-launched missiles carried by these nuclear submarines are maintained by the US side, and the transfer and use of nuclear warheads have the decision-making power of the representatives of the United States. As a result, Britain has become the only country among the five nuclear powers without the decision-making power.
As for the frequent air strikes on neighbouring Israel by U.S. F-35 fighter planes, U.S. advisers have the right to inspect the status of aircraft without permission, extract operational data of aircraft, and verify relevant spare parts and weapons and ammunition to prevent abuse by the Israeli army. In view of Israels unauthorized use of US military aid aircraft to Air-strike Iraqi nuclear reactors in 1981, the United States continuously strengthened its defense against the sale of Israeli military products. For many years, the United States and Israel have been carrying out such flight inspections without any notice. _
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