A Pakistan Air Force F-16 taking off (Image © Elmer van Hest)

US approves more F-16s for Pakistan

The US is allowing eight more Lockheed Martin F-16s to be sold to Pakistan, a statement said on Friday 12 February. The aircraft are identical to advanced F-16 variants purchased by Pakistan earlier.

The sale is worth 699 million USD and includes support, training and spare parts. The approval means that Pakistan is now actually free to actually order the aircraft from Lockheed Martin, giving the defense company another chance to keep F-16 serial production going after over 38 years.

The US decision has led India to protest against to potential sale.

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