US Approves Sales technical, logistics support To Pakistan F-16 program
USA approves F-16 fighter jets worth $125 million sale to Pakistan. US officials asserted that the freeze in security assistance to Pakistan on Trump’s direction since January 2018 was still in place and the latest decision would help it in 24×7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets in that country.
Washington: Days when the meeting between President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pentagon notified the Congress on Fri of its call to approve military sales value USD a hundred twenty five million that may lead to 24×7 end-use watching of the F-16 fighter jets of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
US officers declared that the freeze in security help to Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Trump’s direction since Jan 2018 was still in situ and therefore the latest call would facilitate it in 24×7 end-use watching of the F-16 fighter jets in this country as this could need the assignment of sixty contractor representatives there to help within the oversight of the F-16 programme.
“There has been no modification to the safety help suspension proclaimed by the president in Jan 2018. because the president reiterated in the week, we tend to might take into account the restoration of sure security help programmes in keeping with the broader tenor of our relationship,” a state department voice told PTI.
He stated the notification sent during this regard by the Pentagon to the Congress on Fri.
“This planned sale can support the policy and national security of the us by protective yankee technology through the continued presence folks personnel that give 24×7 end-use watching,” he aforesaid.
“The State Department has created a determination approving a attainable Foreign Military Sale to Islamic Republic of Pakistan for Technical Security Team (TST) in continued support of the F-16 program for an calculable price of USD a hundred twenty five million,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency aforesaid during a statement.
The Pentagon delivered the desired certification notifying the Congress of this attainable sale on Fri.
According to the statement, Islamic Republic of Pakistan had requested a continuation of technical support services — US Government and contractor technical and supplying support services — and alternative connected parts of logistics support to help within the oversight of operations in support of the Pakistan Peace Drive advanced F-16 programme.
Pakistan has used the F-16 fighter jets against Republic of India, the most recent being within the aftermath of the Balakot airstrike within Islamic Republic of Pakistan by Republic of India.
In its notification, the Pentagon declared that the planned sale of this support won’t alter the fundamental military balance within the region.
“Implementation of this planned sale would require the assignment of sixty contractor representatives to Islamic Republic of Pakistan to help within the oversight of operations as a part of the Peace Drive F-16 program,” the statement aforesaid.
According to F-16.Net, the craft order by Islamic Republic of Pakistan was selected as “Peace Drive I”, continued with a protracted tradition of naming the F-16 international sales programmes with the word “Peace”.
The programme raised the whole variety of F-16s ordered by Islamic Republic of Pakistan to fifty four. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan Air Force received its initial F-16, within the block fifteen F-16A/B configuration, in 1982. The country has been in operation the Lockheed Martin craft since 1963, once it received C-130B airlifters.
The “Peace Drive I” order was for twelve F-16Cs and 6 F-16Ds, all power-driven by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine.