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First Batch of F-16 block 52, Islamabad



ISLAMABAD 26 June 2010:            First batch of latest version F-16 C/D Block 52 high tech fighter aircraft arrived at PAF Base Shahbaz (Jacobabad) today. The aircraft were ferried from USA to Pakistan by PAF pilots, who had recently completed training on the new aircraft in USA. Air Marshal Mohammad Hasan, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Air Marshal Waseem ud din, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Administration), along with other senior PAF officials received the aircraft at the Base.

Pakistan attaches great significance to its air defence needs, Pakistan had signed contract with the US Govt in year 2005-06 for the acquisition of 18 F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft. Under this arrangement, PAF would receive these state-of-the-art aircraft from the US Govt in different batches. The delivery of all 18 aircraft would complete by the end of this year.

The F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft is a high tech fighter aircraft equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art avionics suite, latest weapons with Night Precision Attack capability. These aircraft are much superior to the F-16A/Bs already in the inventory of the PAF.