Does India have answers to defend against Pakistan’s F-16?

Does India have answers to defend against Pakistan's F-16? by Nadia Nongzai

Answer by Nadia Nongzai:

Pakistan has about 70 – 80 of these.

About a dozen new built F 16 Block 50/52. The rest are Mid Life Upgraded (MLU) air frames. It’s Performance specks are something like these :


  • Maximum speed:
    At sea level: Mach 1.2 (915 mph, 1,470 km/h)At altitude: Mach 2(1,320 mph, 2,120 km/h) clean configuration
  • Combat radius: 340 mi (295 nmi, 550 km) on a hi-lo-hi mission with four 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombs
  • Ferry range: 2,280 nmi (2,620 mi, 4,220 km) with drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 50,000+ (15,240+ m)
  • Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 88.3 lb/ft² (431 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.095 (1.24 with loaded weight & 50% internal fuel)
  • Maximum g-load: +9.0 g

To defend against these, India has these :

  1. About 50 Dassault Mirage 2000

Performance Specs :

Maximum speed: Mach 2.2 (2,336 km/h, 1,451 mph) at high altitude/ 1,110 km/h (690 mph) at low altitude

2. About 60 – 70 of Mikoyan MiG-29 UPG


3 Low altitude Surface to Air Missiles SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby)

The SPYDER systems were delivered starting in 2012. Six SPYDER-MRs along with 300 Python-5 surface to air missiles (SAMs) and 300 Derby SAMs were delivered by 2013.

4. Medium Altitude SAM Akash (missile)

5: Long Range SAM S-125 Neva/Pechora guided by Radars and other subsystems from the S-300 (missile) like the PSM-33 Mk.2 Radar and the ST-68 ‘Tin Shield’ Radar

6: AA Guns

7: An assortment of MANPADS.

We do not even have to use the Su 30 MKI.

So, gentleman, your F 16 is as dead as a Roast Turkey on Thanks Giving.

Does India have answers to defend against Pakistan's F-16?

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