Pakistan to buy F-16s
Pakistan is buying a large number of new & used F-16s:
Pakistan, which had put off a four billion dollar deal to buy 75 F-16 from the US in the aftermath of last year's earthquake, now plans to buy a mix of both new and used versions of the fighter jets.
"We are also considering to buy used F-16s from elsewhere. However, we will prefer a mix of new and old F-16 fighter planes for the PAF," Pakistan Air Force chief, Kaleem Saadat, said on Friday, adding, various versions for F-16s were available for PAF to chose from.
Maintaining a strong and credible defence is expensive and PAF needs hardware worth three to four billion dollars to maintain a minimum deterrence capability, he told the English-speaking Union of Pakistan (EUP) in Karachi.
PAF was on the verge of buying 75 F-16 fighter jets last year when the earthquake struck parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and NWFP on October 8.
The decision was put off to get maximum financial support from the world community for quake relief work.
Pakistan managed to get financial commitments to the tune of seven billion dollars for the relief and reconstruction.