US gives sophisticated missiles for F-16 to Pak

US gives sophisticated missiles for F-16 to Pak 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.