Pakistan gets fourth F-16 jet

Published: July 5, 2010
The fourth F-16 jet was handed over to Pakistan by the US today. PHOTO: AP

The fourth F-16 jet was handed over to Pakistan by the US today. PHOTO: AP

ISLAMABAD: The United States has handed over another brand new Block 52 F-16 fighter jet to the Pakistan Air Force.

The latest fighter is the fourth out of a total of eighteen to be supplied by America. It belongs to the C and D family and is armed to the teeth with latest equipment.

The jet has now been inducted into the Pakistan Air Force. The US will supply the remaining fourteen F-16s next year.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Jul 5, 2010 - 3:43PM

    Oh wow! Good stuff! Our defences are impregnable! Makes the blood bath that is happening within the country secure. good to have a few news shinny F-16’s. puts things in perspective, when they fly past we can look up and say, “look look, there flys our education and health budgets”Recommend

  • Suleman
    Jul 6, 2010 - 2:09AM

    Quote “when they fly past we can look up and say, “look look, there flys our education and health budgets”
    Syed nadir el-edroos

    And without these shinny Fighter aircraft the next time Indian aircraft fly over the pakistani skys we all can say oh look their comes our free education and health. Recommend

  • umer
    Jul 6, 2010 - 8:10PM

    yes by introducing the latest model block 50/52 in pakistan air force, PAF became more powerful bcs pakistani pilots are already top of the world. now by induction the new technology fighter jets, pakistani pilots have more chance to experience new american technology, as pakistani pilots are expert top technologies of the world just like french USA china Russia etc.Recommend

  • A Latif
    Jul 6, 2010 - 9:22PM

    Yes, education and health are important but security comes first and then anything else. Compition and struggle for survival automatically forces us to focus on education and health. But at the same time, we can not allow other to blackmail us, threaten us, try to control our policies, or even worse get embolden to try disintegrating us. This last possibility is not a far fatched possibility. It is very much on the agenda of our enemies from near and far. Hate for Islam and Muslims is a big factor for unting our enemies. Keeping our horses ready must be on the top of our agenda too. Recommend

  • saj
    Jul 7, 2010 - 2:14AM

    what nonsense. people are committing suicide and killing own children because they do not have enough to eat.
    Enough of this nonsense. Get priorities for education and health right first; the rest will take care of itself.Recommend

  • Qasim
    Jul 7, 2010 - 12:39PM

    Our biggest problem isn’t our lack of funds, it is corruption. The cost of these F-16s is negligible compared to the hundreds of billions that are lost to corruption. We wouldn’t have saved money by spending less on our defense because any savings would be consumed up by this parasitic elite rulership that is imposed on us from abroad. Our beloved leader couldn’t come anywhere near Pakistan for many years because of corruption courts. He was imposed on us, by the same powers that cleared his way by getting all his cases forgiven using their previous puppet. These imported rulers, and the corruption wealth that they move to London and New York, is our biggest problem – not our meager ability to defend our borders.Recommend

  • IZ
    Jul 9, 2010 - 12:15AM

    Yes, look at the USSR – they spent on nukes, submarines, fighters, ICBMs, bombers, tanks, rather than improving their economy or investing in education and look at how well that worked out for them.

    As for the people saying that the cost of these planes is negligible, we are spending $1.4 billion on the new fighters and $1.3 billion to upgrade existing fighters. That is $2,700,000,000. Which comes to about Rupees 229,500,000,000 (Rs. 230 billion). Total education budget for the last year was approx 26 billion rupees, so we spend about 9 times as much on these toys that will not do one jot to make us more secure or safe.Recommend

  • Syed Zulfiqar
    Jul 13, 2010 - 5:22PM

    Over 400 billion is being devoured by corruption. It is extremely important that we should invest on our defence, side by side save money from corruption and utilize these on health and education. We are spending almost half of our budget in corruption. Recommend

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