Turkey to modernise Pakistan’s F-16s

Published: May 15, 2016
F-16 Fighter jets. PHOTO: REUTERS

F-16 Fighter jets. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL: Turkey has agreed to modernise the Pakistan Air Force’s fleet of F-16s at a cost of $75 million amid the controversy surrounding the purchase of new jets from the United States.

A senior official of the Istanbul-based Foreign Economic Relations Board (DIEK) on Saturday told reporters both countries have struck a deal in an aviation project under which some Pakistani fighter planes have already been flown to Turkey.

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Volkan Yuzer, Asia-Pacific regional coordinator at DIEK, said Pak-Turkish multi-faceted relations were growing in the defence sector. He added Turkey was already manufacturing engines for F-16 jets in addition to making some of their spare parts.

Talking about business opportunities in Pakistan, Yuzer said at least 100 Turkish companies were already operating successfully in the country and had invested $2.7 billion in various projects by 2014.

More investment, he added, is expected in the energy, infrastructure and beverages projects. Replying to a question on signing the Free-Trade Agreement between the two countries expected by September this year, Yuzer said both sides were working out the details of the agreement.

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According to the website of Turkish Aerospace industries (TAI), the Pakistan Air Force had awarded the tender of modernisation of its 41 F-16 aircraft to TAI in June 2009. The upgrade of jets started in the last quarter of 2010 when the first three aircraft were flown to Turkey.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Sid
    May 15, 2016 - 9:44AM

    Haha, so basically they are just gonna add after market stereo to an outdated vehicle. Enjoy the music.Recommend

  • Sabi
    May 15, 2016 - 9:57AM

    So this was the ADVICE prime minister had sought from Erdogan.Are you happy now?.Recommend

  • Jairaj
    May 15, 2016 - 11:49AM

    So Pakistan’s current F16 fleet requires modernizing? How outdated are they? Recommend

  • Nav
    May 15, 2016 - 12:13PM

    No Subsidy for this… Pakistan has to pay full..Recommend

  • mkk
    May 15, 2016 - 2:13PM

    gladly surprised to hear that turkey is manufacturing f-16 engines and has the up gradation capability. we can learn a lot from each other… great move Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 15, 2016 - 2:57PM

    So Pakistan’s current F16 fleet requires modernizing? How outdated are they?

    They cannot timely intercept every now and then the Indian fighter planes entering the KPK territory and returning safely to their Indian base. The Turks who were capable of shooting down the Russian plane, have agreed some time ago to upgrade the Pak planes and the pilots as well. This is the old coffee but announced deliberately on Sharifs visit abroad to escape from the Panama scandal show down.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Faisal
    May 15, 2016 - 4:12PM

    Thank you Turkey !!Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 15, 2016 - 4:14PM

    Turkey is just the middle man. This is one of the ways the American government by-passes its own Congress…….its an old ploy. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    May 15, 2016 - 9:17PM

    Maybe they can upgrade our JF-17s as well by retrofitting those with F-16 engines and avionics, if possible ?Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 16, 2016 - 12:20AM

    Really, so 8 more NEW F-16s for Pakistan are going to magically appear in Turkey! NOT!Recommend

  • May 16, 2016 - 1:18AM

    Turkey is a good example for Pakistan. Pakistan and Turkey can work togather and lead muslim world. Recommend

  • May 16, 2016 - 1:48AM

    @Haji Atiya: we are capable of updating our JF-17’sRecommend

  • May 16, 2016 - 1:48AM

    very nice step….but Pakistan should get J-10’s from chinaRecommend

  • truthbetold
    May 16, 2016 - 2:17AM

    I keep hearing how great the JF-17 is. Why then is Pakistani establishment so obsessed with the F-16 that comes with many many strings attached?Recommend

  • Hasnain
    May 16, 2016 - 2:20AM

    I don’t understand this investment. Why bother with F-16s when you have your own JF-17s which are capable of upgrading to 5th (current) generation avionics. F-16s are 1960s technology, if you wanna go toe-to-toe with India (they have vastly superior air crafts like the Su-30MKI), buy some better air crafts at least (F-15 SE).Recommend

  • Zahid
    May 16, 2016 - 3:15AM

    We welcome Turkey good gesture, Thank you TurkeyRecommend

  • turbo
    May 16, 2016 - 3:41AM

    clearly you’re not aware that USAF’s main multi-role fighter aircraft is still the F-16. before commenting ignorantly here and there do some homework!Recommend

  • Adnan
    May 16, 2016 - 5:50AM

    How long before Turkey is kicked out of NATO?Recommend

  • Prada
    May 16, 2016 - 11:08AM

    The JF-17s are only for exports??Recommend

  • harkol
    May 16, 2016 - 1:16PM

    @Shahid Akram:

    Pakistan and Turkey can work togather and lead muslim world.
    Except, if Turkey showed an inclination to be leader of ‘muslim world’, it’ll swiftly be out of NATO, and thus won’t have any F-16 capability.


  • Milind
    May 16, 2016 - 1:22PM

    @Parvez – “Turkey is just the middle man. This is one of the ways the American government by-passes its own Congress…….its an old ploy. ”

    Yours is the most sensible comment. We’ve seen this before during Iran-Iraq war, how arms were sold directly to Iraq and to Iran (via Israel) during Reagan times (Contra affair)…Recommend

  • curious2
    May 16, 2016 - 6:44PM

    This is old news and USA approved the upgrade by Turkey over a yr ago. Pakistan has about 70 F-16’s in it’s inventory and some are older varieties that need upgrading of systems.Recommend

  • MajidOfAll
    May 16, 2016 - 7:10PM

    @Nav: “No Subsidy for this… Pakistan has to pay full..”

    No. Turkey should pay half for the privilege of doing business with pakistan.Recommend

  • uh-oh
    May 17, 2016 - 3:55AM

    Trolls from across are now bad mouthing Turkey for showing support to Pakistan. Obsession continues…Recommend

  • waqar
    May 17, 2016 - 9:01AM

    @Haji Atiya Have you have thought of fitting a Toyota Engine inside a Suzuki ? How difficult would it be ?Recommend

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