Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has agreed to upgrade 42 Pakistani F-16 fighter jets.

Negotiations will be done later this year and then the contract for upgrading the F-16 fighter jets will be awarded to the Turkish company.

Such upgrade will boost the Pakistan Air Force F-16’s capability close the newer models of the F-16 Block 50 standard.

Four of the 46 Pakistani F-16s are already in the United States for the MLU upgrade, which means that all 46 F-16 Block 15 aircrafts will be upgraded over time.

The upgrading of the 42 F-16s is set to begin in 2009 at TAI facilities near Ankara, Turkey.

In the competition of the deal. TAI was competing against a Dutch company Fokker and a Belgian company, Sabca.

Two of the 42 F-16s to be upgraded at the TAI facility will go for a test verification installation at a Lockheed Martin facility in the United States.

Pakistan issued the upgrading tender after an agreement was signed between Pakistan and United States in September 2007 clearing the transfer of avionics and structural upgrade components.

138 COMMENTS

  1. Move towards independence of resources.. try to upgrade JF 17.
    Thats wat i say..
    Upgrading with turkish may be need of time

  2. plz the MMRCA wil b a unsufferable set back for pakistan.i mean dat dey will get da state of the art jets.i mean da MiG-29 can b defeated by jf-17 n f-16 bt Su-30MKI is a super jet.it is really gr8.go n luk at wikipedia n u’ll noe.try 2 hav a sealth fighter or sum cool plane lik f-15,f-22 raptor,jas gripen or rafale n sumthin else!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • who told u that jf-17 can defeat Mig-29….???????
      yes f-16 can do so but jf-17….?? wat the f***

      • But even ur F-16 (junk) has no capability to defeat MIg-29…..
        it is made to surpass the f-15 & f-16 block 60….

  3. 1. First of all, we should spend money & time for the preparation of MISSILE whose range must be not less than 50,000.00 KM.

    2. In future, we have to fight against AMERICA.

    3. We should help other Islamic Countries in making Missiles and Other Arms, so that Pressure must be released from Pakistan.

  4. i love pakistan and i like very much pak forc pak air if give a chance in admition in the pak army i will joined pppppppppppaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkiiiiiiiiiiisssssttttaan
    zindabad…………..

  5. this is a good news bc in future we r to encounter the fifth generation aircrafts such as f 22 raptors. May PAF progress by leaps and bounds.

  6. just leave the america ,they are using us ,try to do it with chinese enginers ,because they are helping hand for us ,and plz leave the america and make contracrt with some other countries air force ,i think we have to establish friendly relationship with iran , i think they have some thing that why they are not afrading from america ,like pakistan ,we have to make new aircrafts with the hepling hand of iran and china

    • Iran is not wholley a true pakistani alley….its better if its left on its own… i would bet my chips on the central asian countries instead of iran

  7. Dear Usaid Ullah
    your country is already able to make your own fighters, but latest technology is also important, these upgradation means make the fleets equivalent to F-16 block 52+, so i dont think so pakistan has this technology yet …
    but the much important then this upgradation is development of higher blocks of JF-17 with latest avionics and radar system.
    we afghans are proud to be friends of a great nation like pakistan, but unfortunately our bulshit politicians always sold us to bloody non-sence hindus, and used our soil to be anti-pakistan.
    long life pakistan and afghanistan

    • thankyou for being supportive…. at present the image of pakistan and afghanistan is hated worldwide and it is the work of indians. theyre main strategy is to create war b/w pak and afghan. they have already titled pathans as terrorists worldwide. a solution to this problem is only unity. not only for our country’s repect and status but also for our religon islam.

    • ya right like the slogan used by the previous Punjab government… para likha punjab? its all bull.. as long as we dont have a clear system these politicans will sell us in the name of education….the defence is ti make sure they never thought of it….got my point?

  8. Whether the money is spent on upgrading the F16s or buying any new gen fighters, it is a lot of money that is being spent on defence, and what for. To sustain conflict with India.

    Pakistan’s govt, armed forces and the public in general certainly have their prioroties wrong. What benefit is all this spending, conflict and loss of life bringing ? I mean really as a nation what do we really want ? Helathy, educated and prospreous people right ? Who are safe from external and internal threats.

    Is carryiong on with India in the way we are really achieving these goals ? I would like to see more effort, time and money being spent on ending the conflicts, not worsening them.

    The gernral poulation in India want the same goals that we want in Pakistan, and everyone in the region could benefit from reconcilliation adn compromise. We should not see it as a fefeat but a step towards our own long term objectives.

    People in Europe realised this 50 years ago after the second world war. Germany and UK killed millions of each others people and hated each other. But now they are very friendly countries and they ahve put aside their hatred so that peace harmony and properity can be achieved for their people. abig effort has been made to heal the wounds both physical and mental.

    We all need to step back and think about what we really want for our children adn our beloved country. Much of the population is not educated and does not have clean drinking water !! it is 2009 !!

    Some people talk about upgrading our planes ourselves and building aircraft in Pakistan. Lets build some good cars and motorbikes first, then maybe we can build some planes one day too.

    Lets save children who die from very easily curable illnesses first. All this money could help lots of poor and sick people. So much injustice in the country, so much cruelty for most people.

    Let India have some land if they want. Out victory is not in some acres of land, but our future. Our fight is not with them, but with ignorance, disease and poverty.

    Even our prophet left Makkah and went to Medina instead of fighting because it was the better thing to do for the long term well being og his people and it was better for the cause of Islam.

    Big leccture I know, but this stuff makes me so sad 🙁

    • Very well…….. I think its for the unity of India-Pak.
      That will make south asia a developed region insted of spending money on wepons.

      Thanks brother

  9. ASALAM-O-ALAIKUM TO ALL MY MUSLIMS BROTHERS AND PAKISTANI’S.WE ALWAYS PROUD THAT WE’R PAKISTANI BECAUSE PAKISTAN MEANS LA ILLA ILLALLAH. WHICH MEANS WE R MUSLIMS. WHO BELIEVE IN ONE GOD THAT ALLAH AND HIS PROPHET HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH).AND SALAAM AND DUA TO PAKISTAN ALL MILITARIES .ALLAH AAP SUB KO KAMAYABI DEY HAR IMTAYHAN MEIN.AND TODAY TOPIC IS I SEE THE UPGRADES IN MANY MILITARY THINGS.MY COMMENT TO PAKISTANI MILITRIES IS GOOD TO UPGRADE DEFENCE THINGS AND MY COMMENT IS DO ALWAYS THAT WHICH BETTER FOR PAKISTAN AND PLEASE PREY FOR OUR PAKISTAN.KHUDA HAFIZ.

  10. Assalam O Elaikum,
    after this updating . Pakistan Air Force F-16 are capable to carry AIM-120 AMRAAM BVR missile ? any information about it ?

    • the good diff b/w blocks is that the 52 can carry a wider range of AIM and JDAM missles compared to the block 20/25

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