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.
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.