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Pakistanís Infatuation with the F-16s: Dreams & Realities
Opinion Maker ^ | 7/6/2010 | Engr. Mansoor A Malik

Posted on 07/06/2010 10:13:27 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

The 1971 Indo-Pak War was over and the Pakistan Air Force did not perform as well as in the 1965 war with India. The American technology which our brave pilots and engineers had absorbed and put to its maximum performance in the previous war let us down in the 71 War. The Korean vintage F-86 Sabers, F104 Star Fighters and B-57 Bombers along with their Missiles and Avionics Suites had out-stretched their operational lives and were now lingering along in our inventories to be counted in numbers. All the smart alecks on the payroll of the PAF in the mid 1970s were collected in the Operations Research Directorate at Air Headquarters to identify the needs of the PAF for the next 20 years. Some of us who were fairly impressed by the American technologies due to being exposed to it in the early part of our PAF careers in the American Aerospace Industry wondered at this new Engineering Genius which in its initial phase was known as Experimental-F16 (XF-16).

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f16; pakistan; pakistaniairforce; southasia

1 posted on 07/06/2010 10:13:29 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

We will regret arming this country. They are no friend of ours.


2 posted on 07/06/2010 10:29:51 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: Islaminaction

We have no business doing buisness with a country that does business with the Taliban on a fairly regular basis and that is on the verge of becoming a state for the Taliban and Ql Qaida.


3 posted on 07/06/2010 10:32:31 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; Mr. Mojo; James C. Bennett; mowowie; Captain Beyond; darkwing104; JRios1968; ...

Ping


4 posted on 07/06/2010 10:35:46 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

We never learn though.


5 posted on 07/07/2010 12:02:46 AM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: Islaminaction

I agree.It always bites us in the a##. The standing rule should be the U.S. will not do any business with any country that is/or will be a national security threat.


6 posted on 07/07/2010 12:06:55 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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