US gives sophisticated missiles for F-16 to Pak

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 19:41

Islamabad: Pakistan has acquired
sophisticated air-to-air missiles from the US for its newly
inducted F-16 fighter jets, a move which will bolster its
defence capabilities "manifold", an official said on Tuesday.

The first batch of AIM-120 Advance Medium Range
Air-to-Air Missiles will be used with the new Block-52 F-16
C/D jets of the Pakistan Air Force delivered by the US.

"The induction of these `beyond visual range missiles`
in the PAF`s inventory marks the achievement of another major
milestone in the air force`s developmental plan and "bolsters
its defensive capabilities manifold," said an official
statement.

The capability also brings PAF at par with other
modern air forces in terms of sophistication of its air-to-air
arsenal, the statement said.

This is the first time the PAF has inducted BVR
missiles.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 19:41

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