Last batch of U.S. F-16 fighter jets delivered to Pakistan

20:55, December 13, 2010      

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The final six F-16 fighter jets arrived in Pakistan from the United States on Monday, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said.

Pakistan signed a contract with the U.S. administration in 2005- 06 for the acquisition of 18 F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft and the latest arrival marked the complete handover of all 18 planes, the PAF said.

The PAF said the aircraft arrived at PAF Base Shahbaz in the city of Jacobabad in southern Sindh province.

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

These aircraft are part of the bid by PAF to modernize and enhance its air defense capabilities.

The PAF chief and the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan were present on the arrival of the aircraft.

In the late 1980s, Pakistan struck a deal with the U.S. for import of F-16 jets, but Washington blocked the sale in 1990 as a sanction against Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.

The revived sale came after Pakistan joined the U.S-led coalition in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S..

The F-16s are built by Lockheed Martin and one of the world's most successful fighter aircraft.

The first batch of three aircraft arrived in Pakistan in May, the second three in October and third group of six aircraft were delivered last month.

Source: Xinhua
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