US to sell F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan
Washington, Jul 4: The Bush administration notified the US Congress that it intends to sell new F-16 aircraft to Pakistan, as well as other related materials in a package valued at billion.
Press secretary Snow told reporters yesterday that the proposed sale ''includes 18 new F-16 aircraft with an option to purchase another 18 new aircraft, a support package for up to 26 used F-16s, a munitions package, an upgrade package for Pakistan's current fleet of 34 F-16s, and logistical support.'' The notification was made on June 28.
He said the sale would demonstrate the US commitment to a long-term relationship with Pakistan, which he described as a major non-NATO ally who has been cooperating closely in the global War on Terror.
Mr Snow also said the Bush administration has been consulting with Congress on the sale since the spring of 2005.