US delivers four F-16 fighter jets to PakistanJune 26th, 2008 - 12:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 26 (ANI): The United States has delivered four refurbished F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, which is expected to reach the country on June 28.
Earlier, Pakistan received six F-16 aircrafts. And two more aircrafts is expected to be delivered to Pakistan next month, the Dawn reported.
Besides, Pakistan is also buying 18 new F-16 jets from the United States.
The United States had agreed to provide 12 refurbished F-16s to Pakistan as part of a package to replenish the country’s defence capabilities.
In the beginning, Islamabad had decided to buy 36 of these aircraft at a total cost of 5.1 billion dollars. These included associated weapons, spares and upgrading of a fleet purchased in the 1980s.
But later they halve its order due to financial constraints.
Pakistan, however, will still have to spend 1.3 billion dollars on mid-life update and modification of the F-16A/B aircraft, which was purchased earlier.
Engine modifications and purchasing some new equipment for the old fleet will cost Pakistan an additional 151 million dollars.
The new aircraft will have facilities of carrying nuclear and non-nuclear weapons. They will be equipped with weapons and also have facilities that came with an F-16 Block 50/52 aircraft. (ANI)
Tags: 1 billion dollars, 1980s, aircrafts, dawn, defence capabilities, fighter jets, financial constraints, fleet, islamabad, mid life, million dollars, new aircraft, nuclear weapons, pakistan, united states