In an uncorroborated video put up on the Internet a few weeks ago, a US Air Force official had claimed that Indian Air Force’s most potent Su-30 MKI fighters were no match for the F-22 Raptor, and only slightly better than the older generation F-15 fighters that took part in the Red Flag joint exercise in Nevada this August.
The officer, whose name is Col Terrence Fornof, also said that training and tactics of the IAF were not up to the mark.
Col Terrence Fornof, who is not a fighter pilot, said in the video that the Indian pilots suffered from a high fratricide rate or friendly kills.
The USAF has, however, distanced itself from the video and lauded the performance of Indian pilots. In fact, it has written to the Air Headquarters in Delhi that it has nothing to do with the views of the officer concerned, who was addressing a gathering of retired officers.
The USAF said it is looking forward to more joint exercises with the IAF.