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US sanctions upgrade of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft

Updated: September 9, 2022 4:22 pm

The Biden administration in the US has approved the potential sale of sustainment and related equipment for the upgrade of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft fleet, in a deal valued at up to $450 million, the Pentagon said in a statement. The deal, however, will not include “any new capabilities, weapons, or munitions” for the aircraft which is Pakistan’s Air Force’s main fighter, even though they have the JF-17s in larger numbers. In 2019, Pakistan had used the same aircraft to target India after the Balakot strike and used American supplied AIM-120 C-5 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile), to shoot down then Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG 21 Bison.These missiles had higher capability than that of the medium range R-77 used by the Su-30 MKI and the MICA used by the Mirages of the Indian Air Force at that time.

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