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U.S. oks a $700mn FMS from Pakistan for 8 F-16 fighter aircraft

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World Defense & Security News - Pakistan
 
 
U.S. oks a $700mn FMS from Pakistan for 8 F-16 fighter aircraft
 
The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan for F-16 Block 52 Aircraft, equipment, training, and logistics support. The estimated cost is $699.04 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Feb. 12, 2016.
     
US ok 700mn FMS from Pakistan for 8 fighter aircraft 640 001Some 72 F-16 A/B/C/D fighter jets are currently in service in the PAF
     
The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale of eight (8) F-16 Block 52 aircraft (two (2) C and six (6) D models), with the F100-PW-229 increased performance engine, and fourteen (14) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS).

Non-MDE items included in this request are eight (8) AN/APG-68(V)9 radars, and eight (8) ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS). Additionally, this possible sale includes spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost of MDE is $564.68 million. The total estimated cost is $699.04 million.

"The proposed sale improves Pakistan's capability to meet current and future security threats. These additional F-16 aircraft will facilitate operations in all-weather, non-daylight environments, provide a self-defense/area suppression capability, and enhance Pakistan’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations," the DSCA said.

"This sale will increase the number of aircraft available to the Pakistan Air Force to sustain operations, meet monthly training requirements, and support transition training for pilots new to the Block-52," the agency added.

Contractors have not been selected to support this proposed sale.