US delivers four F-16s to Pakistan
Islamabad, Jul 29: Pakistan on Monday, July 28 received four F-16 fighter jet aircraft from the US in a ceremony at the Pakistan Air Force Base Mushaf, Sargodha. The newly acquired aircraft would significantly augment the operational and combat capabilities of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
US Central Command Acting Commander Lt Gen Martin E Dempsey handed over the fighter jets to Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed. With the handing over of the four jets, the delivery of 14 upgraded F-16 aircraft has been completed, reported the Daily Times. Earlier, the US had agreed to give Pakistan these aircrafts under the Foreign Military Sales Programme, which was singed in 2005. Speaking on the occasion, PAF chief said that the Force would remain vigilant for the defence of the nation by ensuring the highest level of combat readiness.
The US embassy said in a statement that the US government provided the aircraft to Pakistan at no cost except for transportation expenses. “The four aircraft presented on Monday are valued at approximately 6.4 million dollars each," it said.