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How India and Pakistan stack up on air strength

In the backdrop of the escalating tensions, here's a brief comparison of the air capabilities of the Indian and Pakistani Air Force as per Global Firepower (GFP) assessment.

A brief comparison of the air capabilities of the Indian and Pakistani Air Force as per Global Firepower (GFP) assessment.

On February 26, India conducted air strikes deep inside Pakistan, hitting the terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the pre-dawn hours. This was the first time after the 1971 war that it has hit targets in the country.

A day after, in retaliation, Pakistan Air Force jets crossed over to the Indian side of LoC in Rajauri-Naushera sector and attempted to target military installations but missed. Later, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed there was an air-to-air engagement between the Indian and Pakistani air forces early Wednesday morning.

In the backdrop of the escalating tensions, here’s a brief comparison of the air capabilities of the Indian and Pakistani Air Force as per Global Firepower (GFP) assessment.

Indian Air Force

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IAF Mirage 2000 formation (Source: Indian Air Force)

Total aircraft strength: 2185

Fighters: 590

Attack: 804

Transports: 708

Trainers: 251

Total helicopter strength: 720

Attack helicopters: 15

Pakistan Air Force

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A Pakistani F-7 in Southwest Asia. (US.Air Force photo/Wikipedia)

Total aircraft strength: 1281

Fighters: 320

Attack: 410

Transports: 296

Trainers: 486

Total helicopter strength: 328

Attack helicopters: 49

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