The Pakistan Air Force will acquire a system for ground support from the Tactical Communications Group of Massachusetts. The order for the system, stated by TCG, came from the U.S. Air Forces’ ESC (Electronics Systems Center).

The GSS solution, provided by TCG, will allow pilots to support commercial-off-the-shelf capability to support Link 16 simulation training. This can be done by virtualizing the operations and certain situational awareness on Pakistani F-16 aircraft.

The Pakistan Air Force will be able to connect to airborne networks by using the GSS. This is done with low cost and conduct efficient, yet effective training of aviation personnel and network operators.

The system will be able to provide certain options regarding growth and additional data link networking for operations and maintenance training. This is virtualized for use on the system and its components in southeastern Pakistan.

“This customer win signifies the grip TCG’s systems are receiving in the international military arena,” said TCG CEO Officer Ed Durkin. “For an affordable price, we are providing the Pakistan Air Force best possible ground link 16 capabilities.”

“TCG’s GSS solution, compared to its proven COTS Ground Tactical Data Link System, is a mere extension, and was chosen because of its comprehensive operational and training design, not to mention its capabilities.”
The in 2001 founded Tactical Communications Group, is an independent worldwide supplier of tactical data link software solutions for the military.


  1. A.O.A.If i am not wrong F16 came in Pakistan in 1983(round about)and simulation training is being done in Pakistan now! Even then it is good.

  2. Will somebody please tell me why is our government wasting money on these “White Elephants (Safed Hathi)” 40-year old American Junkyard-downgraded “Disgrace to Fazzaiyyah”?

    Have we all forgotten Pressler Amendment? Does it ring any bell?

    When they leave Afghanistan, who will give us spares for maintaining these 40 Year old “Sophisticated and Modern Warplane”?
    Remember why we phased out Starfighters in 1972?


    Why don’t we spend this money our own homegrown bird the JF-17 “thunder”? It is far more superior and potent then F-16 “Fighting Falcon”. Or should I say “Frightened Falcon” when compared to Thunder??? =D

  3. Agree with Talha, we should spent our energies on JF-17. who wil give us the spare when there is a war? also, who know, these plans stop working when there is war, something remote controlled by americans activated hidden inside.

  4. Yeah, here is what say about our “Friend” US Government working hard to sell F-16 or F-18 to India.

    Lockheed Martin F-16IN Super Viper
    See also: General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon#Variants
    F-16 Block 60

    India initially sent the RFI for a F-16C/D Block 52+ configuration aircraft. On 17 January 2008, Lockheed Martin offered a customized version of the F-16, the F-16IN Super Viper for the Indian MMRCA contract.[35] The F-16IN, which is similar to the F-16 Block 60, will be a 4.5 generation aircraft. Lockheed Martin has stated that it will be the most advanced F-16 variant developed. It will be more advanced than the F-16 Block 52s that the Pakistan Air Force has acquired.

    Lockheed Martin described the F-16IN as “the most advanced and capable F-16 ever.” Based closely on the F-16E/F Block 60 as supplied to the UAE, the features on the F-16IN include:[36]

    Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) – This will give the F-16IN a combat range of 1700 km with 1500 kg weapons load.
    A Northrop Grumman AN/APG-80 AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar.[37] This is the same radar in service on the F-16 Block 60s in service in UAE.
    General Electric F110-132A engine with 143 kN full reheat thrust with FADEC Controls.
    Electronic warfare suites and infra-red searching.
    Advanced all-color glass cockpit.
    Helmet-mounted cueing system.

    Lockheed Martin offered to sell India the F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the future, as replacements, if the F-16 was chosen.[36]

    The capabilities of the F-16 appear to be similar to the Mirage 2000s that the IAF currently operates. The F-16 is also more prone to pilot errors than the Mirage 2000H, which would also work against the F-16.[38]

    Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
    Main article: Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
    F/A-18F Super Hornet

    The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engine carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft. The MMRCA contract represents a prime opportunity for U.S. defence companies to gain a foothold in the Indian defence market, which is estimated to be about US$100 billion in the next 10 years. Initially, the Request for Information (RFI) was not issued to Boeing, which decided to field the Super Hornet. The U.S. Government allowed Boeing to participate in the RFI, and later gave permission for RFP (Request For Proposal) as well. However, any sale of aircraft would have to be approved by the U.S. Congress.

    Initial reactions within the IAF were enthusiastic, although there were apprehensions of support issues in case of future sanctions. The US stated that there would have been some restrictions and pre-conditions for the purchase of the aircraft.[29]

    On 24 April 2008, Boeing (through the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi) submitted their 7000-page proposal to the Ministry of Defence, before the 28 April deadline for the submission for proposals. The Super Hornet variant being offered to India, the F/A-18IN, is based on the F/A-18E/F model flown by the U.S. Navy and currently being built for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Raytheon’s APG-79 AESA radar was offered on the aircraft. There would have been limited Transfer of Technology on the radar, up to the level approved by the US Government. However, Raytheon stated that the level of ToT offered would be compliant with the RFP requirements.[30] Delivery of the first F/A-18IN Super Hornets could have begun approximately 36 months after contract award.[31]

    Boeing proposed joint manufacture of the jets with Indian partners. It also planned to offset the cost by setting up a US$100 million maintenance and training hub in Nagpur. This is the first time the Super Hornet has been offered for production in a foreign country.[32] On 14 February 2008, Boeing and Tata Industries agreed to form a joint-venture company. The new entity formed in February 2008, will supply components for Boeing military aircraft, including the Super Hornet.[33][34]

    In order to satisfy its offset requirements, Boeing has signed long-term partnership agreements with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Tata Industries, and Larsen & Toubro.

  5. Now India reject both F-16 and F-18… They choosed euro typoon and rafel jets for next phase…

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