Pakistan air force F-16 fighter aircraft

The State Department has made a determination approving 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 Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 11, 2016.

The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale of:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE):

  • Eight (8) F-16 Block 52 aircraft (two (2) C and six (6) D models), with the F100-PW-229 increased performance engine
  • 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.

This proposed sale contributes to U.S. foreign policy objectives and national security goals by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner in South Asia.

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.

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. Pakistan will have no difficulty absorbing these additional aircraft into its air force.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Contractors have not been selected to support this proposed sale. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Pakistan.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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  • Simple_Comment

    I guess India doesn't care for Pakistan acquiring F-16's, it has all latest Russian and western jet fighters in the inventory intended defense against China but indirectly against Pakistan. To my understanding India never acquired any US jet fighters ever since except Apache and the major sources of military supplies and technology is from Russia, a prerogative and a matter of choice.

    • Biased

      Where do you see India mentioned by name in this article?

      • Simple_Comment

        What do you think of my personal analysis as make up, it is a fact. In another article, it mentioned about India. Why don't you state your mind rather than being Sherlock Homes? There is no vilification here as mandate by moderator nor the statement violates moderator standard.

        • Biased

          Are is having a verbal diarrhea? Next time try and make some sense and while writing English do not think in your native tongue………

      • Simple_Comment

        Homepage of this forum made mentioned of India, see it for yourself. what ever dislcosed is true why banging your head on hot rod.

        • Biased

          What exact shortcoming are you compensating for?

      • Chucky 2020

        He is confusing two different articles!

        • Simple_Comment

          Regardless, the issue is that India was mentioned in the article and you can't deny that. Hoping the question raised by BIASED is answered.

          • Biased

            Show me where in the article above it says "India"????
            Can you read English?

    • Chucky 2020

      India does care and it raised "disappointment" when the news first came out. India does buy a lot of weapons from all over the place. It used to buy fighters and weapons from the COMMUNIST soviet union for over 50 years and still does but now ever since it moved into the lap of the west, it is now looking at western weaponry since their own LCA jet took over 35 years to make and their auditor recently declared it a "failure". West is warming up to india as well so they can use it against China.

      • Simple_Comment

        Did you say India used to buy from Russia? I don't think it is true because ever since continuing massive weapons acquisition including joint research development is on the table.

  • Biased

    It'd be 8 not 10 mate! Eight pieces of Lockheed gems eh?