f-16dLockheed Martin unveiled the first of 18 new F-16s being produced for Pakistan in ceremonies today at its Fort Worth, Texas, facility.

Officials including the Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. and Pakistan Air Forces were on hand to witness the event.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Quamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), accepted the first F-16 Block 52 aircraft on behalf of his nation. Also present were Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, and other senior officials.

The U.S. government was represented by Rep. Kay Granger, Texas 12th District, and Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

“Peace Drive is the flagship of modernization for Pakistan’s Air Force. It is the latest configuration of the best 4th generation multirole fighter available in the world today,” said John Larson, vice president of F-16 programs for Lockheed Martin.

The aircraft order is designated as “Peace Drive I,” continuing a long tradition of naming F-16 international sales programs with the word Peace. The program raises the total number of F-16s ordered by Pakistan to 54. The Pakistan Air Force received its first F-16, in the Block 15 F-16A/B configuration, in 1982. Pakistan has been operating Lockheed Martin aircraft since 1963, when it received C-130B airlifters.

The Peace Drive I order is for 12 F-16Cs and six F-16Ds, all powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine. The first aircraft – a two-seat F-16D model – will be delivered to the U.S. government (as agent for Pakistan in the Foreign Military Sales process) in December, with the remainder following in 2010.

The F-16 is the choice of 25 nations. More than 4,400 aircraft have been delivered worldwide from assembly lines in five countries. The F-16 program has been characterized by unprecedented international cooperation among governments, air forces and aerospace industries. Major upgrades to all F-16 versions are being incorporated to keep the fleet modern and fully supportable over the aircraft’s long service life.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

F-16 is a registered trademark of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Press Release

65 COMMENTS

  1. Thats the good news and bad news for Pakistani enemies 😀
    I am unable to found link of this news in this topic 🙁

    • No Bad news for any of Pakistans enemy …that funny who thinks F-16D are in real competition to More advance Aircrafts that Enemy gonna have in Future..These are toys from Uncle Sam to follow him Crisis against China.Lolz

      • I agree …There are so many People out here who says USA as Murdabad ..and on the other hand gets happy when get any thing from them .

    • its these kinda comments that gets us Pakistani and Muslims in general in trouble. After hearing your comment, no wonder people complain. Use your brain and think before you talk. Those planes are being bought from America moron!

    • pakistan zindabad hai uss se hame problem nahi par..
      hamara hindustan zindabad tha zondabad hai our zindabad rahega..

    • its 2 Squadrons…..good for defence role. We still have option for another 18, but quite frankly –i dont think its necessary

      36 J-10Bs for air superiority role is in the pipeline.

  2. advancement is good achievement for PAKISTAN. f-16 block 52 is the new generation jet fighter that can crush any air force even indian……so proud to be pakistani.

    • gud joke Salman…….. really

      but seriously do u really think any version of f-16 warbirds can counter balance Su-30mki…….
      Su-30mki are among the finest multi-role air superiority fighter aircrafts….
      attacking capability, durability, speed & maneuverability of these sukhois are much better comarison to other modern fighters……
      it is behind the f-22 & lightening-II just due to their stealth feature………

      • bundy u look like any anti frm INDIA first produce PILOTS for them to fly beta nahi tou woh b tumhre bakar pilots gira gira ker kehin ga in ma koi fault hai hair RUSSIA na dena sa inkar he ker dena hai this is the real fact INDIAN PILOTS ARE NOTHING and they stand not even in LAST position….

      • hey, the difference between your comparison and ours is that you compare aircrafts capabilities, while we consider capabilities of the pilots too, having said that, i repeat with a little addition, it will counter “Indian” su30mki, yes it will. 😛

  3. I am very happy to see the PAF will get additional F16’s. I was part of the original Peace Gate I engine management team at Pratt & Whitney and remained as a program manager with the Peace Gate III program until my retirement in March of 1994.

  4. Amazing but Pakistan must also ask US for the latest technology fighters to counter attack the terrorism.For instance F-18 Super hornet……..

  5. Thanx God…..
    Inshallaha one day we become a strong and more strong……
    Inshallaha

    May allaha bless us…….
    Ammean!

  6. what fart! u guys keep dreaming… ur pathetic f-16’s are gonna do nothing but fall in front of the might of he indian air force.
    ever heard of indigenous technology? try relyin on it sometime, other countries will only sell u average stuff!

    see t like this, ur f-16 vs an american air force f-16.
    u think u’d even have a chance? in the modern world u gotta make ur own stuff not be like cats beggin for scraps…

    buh! ofcourse developin indigenous technology isn’t exactly ur cup of tea.
    keep dreaming (they want f18 suprhornets it seems,:D, for countering TERRORISM)…tha mus be the joke o the century

  7. In terms of maximum aerodynamic efficiency, the Su-30MKI, like all Su-27-family aircraft, is unparalleled in the world and outperforms the above foreign counterparts by at least 50 to 100 percent.

  8. Engines with thrust-vectoring nozzles enable the Su-30MKI to perform such maneuvers as «cobra» vertical reverse, roll in «bell» turn in «cobra» etc. In these maneuvers, an angle of attack can reach 180o. These are not purely aerobatic maneuvers: this supermaneuverability can be effectively used in combat. As for the F-16C/D and F-18 aircraft, their maximum angles of attack are 30o and 40o, respectively, and they cannot use armament at supercritical angles of attack.

  9. The superiority of the Su-30MKI’s radar in terms of target detection range, scanning sectors and jamming immunity makes it highly effective in long-range air combat.

    1 on 1
    air combat
    according to preliminary assessments, the Su-30MKI’s supermaneuverability gives it a 30-percent superiority over its competitors in close air combat.

    ground troops
    Compared to the F-16C Block 50, a heavy weapon load carried by the Su-30MKI significantly (by 20 percent) reduces the time required to defeat ground targets by one sortie, especially when using aerial bombs

    Notably, in terms of quantity and types of weapons, the Russian fighter considerably outclasses the F-16C Block 50 and F-16C Block 60 aircraft.

    The Su-30MKI has a TWOFOLD advantage over the F-16 aircraft in the number of simultaneously carried air-to-ground guided weapons, which are also more efficient.

    According to preliminary estimates, in long-range air combat, the Su-30MKI outperforms the F-16C Block 60, F-16C Block 50 and F-18E/F aircraft by 15, 20 and 12-15 percent, respectively, owing to its radar’s greater detection range, higher jamming immunity and multichannel capability, as well as better maneuverability.

    the Su-30MKI outperforms the F-16C Block 50 by 50 percent and the F-16C Block 60 by 100 percent owing to its better surveillance and fire control radar system, higher survivability, better maneuverability, heavier combat load and longer flight range. The F-18E/F, following its modernization which has increased its flight range, armament suite and ammunition load and upgraded its surveillance and fire control radar system, still lags behind the Su-30MKI in strike capability by 15 to 20 percent.

  10. the weight of su-30 mki is very high so in real war when it is uploaded with weapons then its speed will decrease,,,it will be slow in dogfight,,,movability will decrease automatically,,,,,may be it can fall down in new delhi or mumbai…hahhahhaa……believe me…

  11. indian monkeys dont believe in americans because they lied to you in air show…..india send best pilots in air show while americans send 10th grade retired pilots in that show of comparing f-16s with su-30mki,,,cause they want russians to live in dreams and wants to make sure that russia should proud of what they got(crap mki) and shouldn’t work for another crap….Americans are tooo smart to handle,,,we know much more than you as we spend 63 years with america and fight 3 wars along with them,,so we know the tricks of the trade…You live in your dreams…

  12. If Russuian stuff was any better than they must have scored against PAF during the war but despite the fact that Russian pilots are 10 times better than InAF they failed to make any mark on PAF.
    On the contraray PAF droped 10 Russina planes! without lossing a single and it may have continued infinately, if Russian didn’t had stopped intruding Pak air space.

    While reading above posts from Indian members i came to know that the country whihc design A/C does not sell full rated product to any one, if i believe it than i also have to believe that Russians did not sold top rated SU-30 to Indinas now assuming Indian pilots lag far behind Russinas in training, education and courage than how can they perform better against Pakistan?

  13. These F-16 Block 52 have the capabilities that the Pakistan Air Force requires. While I support our PAF drive for indeginization. I would like to see the PAF increase the number of F-16 to around 220+ as the base aircraft in its inventory. Hopefully the financial arrangement for this can be made and be offset if we can do local assemble (like Turkey) and component manufacture and installation within Pakistan which would help bring the cost down.

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  16. u knw wht??????Indiaan navy is being supplied by lockheed by F-16d#IN whicch according to lockheed will be the most “sophisticated” variant ever designed AND INDIA will license build them from an assembly line in INdia and these planes will be 4.5th generation SO we r being DUPED by america and our fleet will soon be outdated this caan be confirmed from wikiedia and lockheed website

  17. I am not sure what deafcon means by being duped when the US itself is about to incorporate the new generation JSF and F 22. These new fighters will be a giant leap forward from the F 16, F 14 and F 18. Even the latest variant of the F 16- won’t match up. Pakistan has to make efforts now to ensure that the new technology doesn’t pass us by. We shouldn’t rely on the JSF or any foreign technology but we musn’t ignore the reality that PAF can’t be behind.
    What our leaders need to do is work for receipt of the JSF – the F 35.

  18. As long as Muslims remain reliant on Non Muslims for their defense needs, they will continue to be humiliated in the way that is happening today. Best thing that Pakistan should do is to receive these F16Ds for which the poor citizens of the nation has paid for and reverse engineer them to produce their own fighter jets.

    The hell with copy rights. 🙂

    But for all that to happen, we need a government that CARES about Islam and Muslims and has a clear vision. This wont happen when we have a fool like Mr 10 Percent ruling us.

  19. kya indains ka pas jazba jahaad hai… no dear wo pakistani he the jo 1971 ma india sy jang jeety thy …… aur tab bhi india isi tarha great power hony ka dawa karta tha….. jang hathyaar ka sath sath jazby aur jihaad sy jiti jati hai…… na ka khali hathyaaroon sy……

    • Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …joke of the Millenium …Beta get to the 1st standerd to correct History ..Kyun Tumari Govt ne ab tak JHUT bolte aayi hain tumse …Poor Pakistanis …As Usual Paksitan Govt kabhi Sach nahi bolegi ….

      • Rakesh Sahb ap Indianxxx ko ek Rishta dy k abi tk gheirt ni i kya ????? Pakistan ka ek ek bacha tum indianx k 6,6 logon p bhari hy r ye history gawah hy.mr. sach r jhot ka samna jang m hota hy na k tumary is trh behooda joks pr and we all pakistani’s will fuckkkkkkkkkk u n our all enms r usko jo PAKISTAN ki trf buri nzr daley ga …… :’)

  20. i am a new member.i dont understand hindi?urdu.pls use english to me

    the f-16s are surely a right step for paks.in a few years time they should attain self reliance ie they must be able to make their own jets.the indians are surely ahead of the paks in this aspect.i think the paks must obtain a TOT(transfer of technology) and start license building their own jets.indians have already obtained a lot experince in this way.it is really helping them with the lca,dhruv etc.
    hats of to paks
    hats of to indies

  21. i think pakistani getting mad bcz they dont know war r win by money not with fighter plane hehehe… aur raha Money ka sawal so paskistan ki lagi padi hai yaar , jaha Aemrica ka haath aata waha pakisath gira so dont play F-16 F-16 , India tumse kafi aage nikal juga hai

    • dear u r living in a world of fools! don’t compare numbers in war! compare technology, skills and passion! compare MM ALAM, what?? don’t know him? o dear!! go and ask from your any air fighter about his nightmare! haha

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