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Turkey delivers 3 modernized F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan 0902121

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World Aviation Industry News - Turkey
 
 
 
Turkey delivers 3 modernized F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan.
 
Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS) on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, delivered three modernized F-16 aircraft to Pakistani Air Forces, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. Turkish Defense Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayar was quoted as saying at a delivering ceremony that Turkey and Pakistan have successfully cooperated in a wide range of technologies, including radio, electronics and military information systems.
     
Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS) on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, delivered three modernized F-16 aircraft to Pakistani Air Forces, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. Turkish Defense Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayar was quoted as saying at a delivering ceremony that Turkey and Pakistan have successfully cooperated in a wide range of technologies, including radio, electronics and military information systems.
Pakistani Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft
     
Pakistani Deputy Commander of Air Forces Gen. Asim Suleiman said Pakistan's air defense will become even stronger with the aircraft modernized in structural and avionic aspects.

TUSAS signed the contract with Pakistan Ministry of Defense in June 2009 after winning out in the tender of Pakistan Air Force F- 16 Modernization (Peace Drive II) program.

Under the program, TUSAS's engineers and technicians are responsible for the modernization of a total of 41 F-16 aircraft in the inventory of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

The Peace Drive II program, which started in October 2010, is expected to finish by September 2014. The required parts, material and technical data are furnished to TUSAS in line with another contract between the U.S. government and PAF.

Within the scope of the Peace Drive II program, TUSAS also provides classroom and on-the-job training to 72 PAF technicians.

TUSAS, which was established for co-production of F-16 aircraft for the Turkish Air Force in 1984, is one of the major aerospace companies in the world in F-16 manufacturing and modernization. It is also currently modernizing 175 F-16s for the Turkish Air Force.