New F-16 fighter jets were rolled out today in Fort Worth, Texas. The fighter jets are due for delivery to Pakistan’s military after a prolongued effort by President Zardari and his Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani. Ambassador Haqqani attended the ceremony along with Chief of Pakistan Air Force Rao Qamar.
These state-of-the-art F-16s will bolster PAF’s fleet of high tech combat aircraft and will enable it to undertake wide variety of missions across the entire spectrum of operations.
After completion of testing and integration of the new system, the first batch of F-16 C/D aircraft is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan in June 2010, and the delivery of all 18 F-16s is planned to complete by December 2010.
This new delivery of top-grade fighter jets is the result of “unprecedented international cooperation,” and promises to provide Pakistan’s Air Force with the tools necessary to protect a strong and free Pakistan.
The F-16 is the choice of 25 nations. More than 4,400 aircraft have been delivered worldwide from assembly lines in five countries. The F-16 program has been characterized by unprecedented international cooperation among governments, air forces and aerospace industries. Major upgrades to all F-16 versions are being incorporated to keep the fleet modern and fully supportable over the aircraft’s long service life.
The eighteen new aircraft being delivered to Pakistan will feature state of the art radar systems, as well as long-range air-to-air missiles. in addition to the new batch of fighter jets, the agreement between Pakistan and the US provides for Pakistan’s existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets to be upgraded.