The Pakistan Air Force received four refurbished F-16 fighter jets from the United States on Saturday, June 28, 2008 in an impressive ceremony at the PAF Mushaf Base.

These four F-16s left the U.S. on June 25 to be transfered to Pakistan at the PAF Mushaf Base.

The fighter jets are part of a consignment of 12 refurbished planes that Pakistan would receive from the US. Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, deputy operations chief of the air staff, received the fighting falcons from US Air Force Commander Lt General Gary L North.

These F-16s will have the same capability that Pakistani existing fleet of F-16 has. “With handing over of four more F-16 on June 28, it is hoped that the remaining aircrafts embargoed by the US would also be delivered soon,” an official said.

These aircrafts are part of the 28 F-16 aircrafts that Pakistan ordered in the 1990’s to meet the aerial challenges against the Afghan border during the Soviet Invasion.

“But these aircrafts were used sparingly and not used in a regular manner as the US knew they belonged to Pakistan,” the official further added that the PAF Chief Air Marshal Tanvir Mehmood Ahmad played a key role in getting the aircrafts delivered.

High ranking officials from the both countries were present at the ceremony. Pakistan has also ordered new F-16 Block 52 models from the United States. Pakistan originallly planned to procured 36 of these aircrafts but later revised its decision to 18 aircraft when it faced the earth quake tragedy in 2006.

However, Pakistan plans 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.

Pakistan has procured these F-16 despite United States being unreliable defense supplier because it believe that the U.S. will not again make the same mistakes that it made earlier when it blocked the F-16 sale. Pakistan also believe that these F-16 will easily integrate into the existing infrastructure and training aspects as Pakistan has already operated the type of the aircraft for well over five decades.

23 COMMENTS

  1. First of all provide an advance (Latest) technology to Pak Army for the protection of Pak borders to crush enemies. Secondly close the entrance of U.S army any other U.S official with latest equipment (that can try to know about security). Thirdly recommend sincerely person for the post of President of Pakistan.

    Plz Contact if required consultancy

  2. its a great pleasure for the nation. i want to know that what is the total number of F-16 Pakistan has.

    Thanks
    Kamran

  3. commendable that f 16s have arrived but focus should be on ensuring basic indigenous capability to surmount forthcoming crises in medium to long term,,,thru technical cooperation with china,france,russia etc technology ,machine tools best manpower at market based salary,,,modern fabrication facilities etc.establish export markets to reduce unit cost aircraft components,,, … self sufficency and autarky is only assurance of soveriegnty the tide and ebb of international relations presupposes situation of eternal flux…are no permanent enemies or freinds only permanent interests

  4. good at last along awaited planes have arrived lets hope taht w get all the number of aircrafts that we requested for i think we should now go for gipen or rafale for our air force hope to see our airforce actually scind to none ameen

  5. aslam o alikum to all pakistani nation and GREAT AIR FORCE FALCON,S
    GLAD TO HEAR WE HAVE GOT FEW MORE F 16 BUT THESE ARE NOT MUCH
    AS I MYSELF CONSIDREING AND ABOUT MY THOUGHT WE MIGHT WOULD NOT GET ANY MORE F 16 SOON OR LATTER AS THE COURENT AFFAIRS ARE
    WE SHOULD BUILT OUR SELF UP TO CREAT SOME KIND OF VERY DIFFRENT STUFF TO IMPROVE AND IMPRESS TO WHOLE WORLD GET SOME F 17 THOUNDER FROM CHINA AND ANY THING WE CAN GET WILL HELP US IN FETURE TO DESTROY THE BASTRED VERY GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTNI AIR FORCE MY SOLE IS FOR AIR FORCE LET INDIA COME I HAVE MADE MY MIND TO KILL AT LEAST 1OOO MY SELF SAEED AHMAD

  6. After 1990 all of the Pakistan AF F-16s stored at Davis-Monthan AFB. This particular airframes were selected for closer inspection by the RNZAF while considering purchasing the PAF F-16s. US use Pakistan for his own purposes and nothing else, now we are given old and out of date planes to deal with. Tiny Israel can buy more then 200 F-16 coz feel threatened from Phalistine stone thrower young boys. Good on you USA (Dogs)

    • yes u r right, u should not make gud relations with India……u dont deserve it…Pakistan enjoys its rank in top-10 failed states…………………

      US is making u fool…isn’t it???????

  7. we should develop our technology to save our country from enemy.US use Pakistan for his own purposes and nothing else, now we are given old and out of date planes to deal with.This is a Good that pakistan recieved F-16,s…bally be bally pakistan recieved 4 f.16.,.,.,.,.,

  8. I THINK SO THAT NAVY IS THE BEST IN PAKISTAN DEFENCE AND PLAYING VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN DEFENDING PAKISTAN

  9. Hi friend you know one fact that India got the most sophisticated fighter jets than Pakistan ( SUKHOI). You guys are only fit for commenting in this website please try to speak the facts Pakistani friends ,………

  10. Nice to see these Aircrafts in PAF armour with less nos..but can they But MIG-29 and Su-30 with large no that india have…

    • su-30mki & mig-29 r made to surpass the world’s best fighters like F-15, F-16 block 60, eurofighter etc…..
      y r u comparing these aircrafts with the junk of PAF???

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