Pak gets refurbished F-16s
Last Updated: Friday, February 24, 2012, 23:28
  
Islamabad: A Turkish firm on Friday delivered the first batch of three F-16 combat jets to the Pakistan Air Force after a mid-life upgrade.

The F-16 Block 15 jets were earlier sent to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to be refurbished under a contract signed in October 2010.

A total of 45 F-16s will undergo a mid-life upgrade.

The three jets were upgraded and delivered to Pakistan "as per commitment", said a statement issued by the PAF.

Under the programme, TAI is modernising the avionics and structure of F-16 jets that have been in service with the PAF since 1982-83.

The project is planned to be completed by September 2014. To commemorate the delivery of the first batch of upgraded jets, a ceremony was held at PAF’s Shahbaz airbase at Jacobabad in Sindh province.

Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations), Air Marshal Waseemuddin, and other officials attended the event. Earlier this month, the US delivered to Pakistan the last of 18 new F-16 D Block 52 jets and two F-16 Block 15 jets that had undergone a mid-life upgrade in the US.

The parts, materials and technical data required for the mid-life upgrade of the F-16s are being provided to the Turkish firm under another contract between the US administration and the PAF. The Turkish firm is also providing on-the-job training to PAF technicians.

PTI


First Published: Friday, February 24, 2012, 23:28


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