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  • Pakistan Updates F-16s, Builds JF-17s
    Posted by Graham Warwick 2:52 PM on Jun 29, 2009

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI, aka Tusas) says it has finally signed the deal to upgrade Pakistan's F-16A/Bs. The contract, worth around $75 million, is to install Mid Life Update kits and structural modifications in 42 F-16s over 46 months beginning in October 2010 - about two years later than originally planned. Pakistan is also to receive 18 new F-16C/Ds beginning in 2010.

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    JF-17s (Photo via Wikipedia)

    The chief of Pakistan's air force, meanwhile, says production of the JF-17 lightweight fighter codeveloped with China will begin at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex's Aircraft Manufacturing Facility at the end of June, aiming for a first flight by year-end. Pakistan announced an order for 42 JF-17s in March, financed by China.

    In other fighter news, the de facto US ambassador in Taipei says the Obama Administration will consider the sale of 66 F-16C/Ds to Taiwan once key officials are in place. Taiwan first requested F-16s in 1997, but China vehemently opposes the sale. Currently F-16 production is to end in 2012 with the delivery of 30 C/Ds to Turkey.

    Tags: ar99, F-16, JF-17, Pakistan

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