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    Obama Administration approved F-16 sales to Pakistan despite senate opposition

    In a swift turn of events,Pakistan will get 6 twin seater F-16D block 52 and two single seat F-16C Block 52.
    Total cost of the deal is 699 Million USD.

    WASHINGTON — The US State Department has approved the sales of eight F-16 Block-52 aircraft and other equipment to Pakistan worth $699 million, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Friday.

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the possible sale and is awaiting approval to execute.

    “We support the proposed sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan, which we view as the right platform to in support of Pakistan’s counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations,” said a US government official said.

    “These operations reduce the ability of militants to use Pakistani territory as a safe haven for terrorism and a base of support for the insurgency in Afghanistan, which is in the national interests of both Pakistan and the United States, and in the interest of the region more broadly.”

    The official confirmed that there had been Congressional objections to the sale, but said that contrary to recent “erroneous reports", “concerns were raised in regard to financing the sale, not the transfer itself.”

    According to the DSCA’s statement, the proposed sale will improve Pakistan's ability to conduct operations in all-weather, non-daylight environments, provide a self-defense/area suppression capability as it and enhance its ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations.

    According to the DSCA, Pakistan is not expected to have difficulty absorbing these additional aircraft into its air force. The sale is also meant to increase the number of aircraft available to the Pakistan Air Force to sustain operations, meet monthly training requirements and support transition training for pilots new to the Block-52.

    The pending sale to Pakistan includes:
    ♦ eight F-16 Block-52 aircraft — two C and six D and models with the F100-PW-229 increased performance engine
    ♦ 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems
    ♦ eight AN/APG-68(V)9 radars
    ♦ eight ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites
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    Re: Obama Administration approved F-16 sales to Pakistan despite senate opposition

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    Re: Obama Administration approved F-16 sales to Pakistan despite senate opposition

    U.S. okays sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan - Pentagon

    The U.S. government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million.

    The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said it had notified lawmakers about the possible deal.

    The agency said the F-16s would allow Pakistan's Air Force to operate in all-weather environments and at night, while improving its self-defence capability and bolstering its ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations.

    Lawmakers now have 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare since deals are well-vetted before any formal notification.

    Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, notified the Obama administration that he would not approve using U.S. funds to pay for the planes through the foreign military financing (FMF) programme. That means Pakistan must fund the purchase itself, instead of relying on U.S. funds to cover about 46 percent of the cost.

    Given the funds it has available, Pakistan may only be able to buy four of the F-16 Block 52 models, and the associated radar and electronic warfare equipment, said one U.S. source familiar with the situation.

    Corker told Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter that he was concerned about Pakistan's ties to the Haqqani network, a militant group that U.S. officials have said is behind bombings and attacks in Afghanistan.

    "I may reconsider my blanket hold on U.S. FMF assistance should the Pakistanis make progress on addressing my significant concerns about their support for the Haqqani network, but for now, if they wish to purchase this military equipment, they will do so without a subsidy from the American taxpayer," he wrote.

    One U.S. official said the administration was convinced that F-16s were the right platform to support Pakistan’s counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations.

    "These operations reduce the ability of militants to use Pakistani territory as a safe haven for terrorism and a base of support for the insurgency in Afghanistan, which is in the national interests of both Pakistan and the United States, and in the interest of the region more broadly," the official said.

    Lockheed referred questions about the deal to the U.S. government.

    (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
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    Re: Obama Administration approved F-16 sales to Pakistan despite senate opposition

    Now wait for Indian official tantrum

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    Re: Obama Administration approved F-16 sales to Pakistan despite senate opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by safriz View Post
    Now wait for Indian official tantrum
    Get the butt cream ready for Mohan

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