Three U.S. F-16s inducted in Pakistan's air force

08:21, June 28, 2010      

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The first batch of the latest version F-16 C/D Block 52 high tech fighter aircraft that arrived Pakistan Saturday at the newly developed PAF Base in Jacobabad in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, have been formally inducted in Pakistan Air Force on Sunday, according to a local media Geo News report.

Pakistan's Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, U.S. ambassador in Pakistan Anne Patterson and United States Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Norton Schwartz attended the inducting ceremony.

The three aircraft were ferried directly from the United States to Pakistan by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pilots, who had recently completed training on the new aircraft in U.S.

Pakistan attaches great significance to its air defense needs. Taking stock of the situation, the country signed a contract with the U.S. government in 2006 for acquisition of 18 F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft.

Under this arrangement, PAF would receive these aircraft in different batches. The delivery of all the 18 aircraft would complete by the end of this year.

The F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft is a high tech fighter aircraft equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art avionics suite, latest weapons with Night Precision Attack capability.

These aircraft are much superior to the F-16A/Bs already in the inventory of the PAF.

The U.S. gave Pakistan four used F-16 jets last year with 18 more to be yet handed as the process regarding the supply of these new fighter jets would complete in December 2010.

Source: Xinhua


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