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  • Brig Ali planned attack on(Pakistani Army)GHQ with F-16 plane

    03/02/2012 9:38:31 PM PST · by U-238 · 23 replies
    The Nation ^ | 3/2/2012 | The Nation Monitoring
    Brigadier Ali Khan, currently facing court martial for alleged links with the banned Hizbut Tahrir, had conspired with an air force pilot to bomb the General Headquarters with an F-16 jet during a conference of the corps commanders, reported BBC on Thursday. Brig Ali Khan was arrested last year on suspicion of having contacts with the Hizbut Tahrir. He has been accused of trying to stage a rebellion against the government and planning an attack on the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. His family has denied the charges. Major Suhail Akbar, a prosecution witness, said in his statement that Khan and...
  • The U.S.-Pakistan F-16 fiasco

    02/04/2011 3:14:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/3/2011 | C. Christine Fair
    At a recent event on Pakistan co-sponsored by Brookings and the U.S. Institute of Peace, several panelists cogently stressed the need for greater transparency on the parts of Washington and Islamabad as a necessary step in forging better relations. Inevitably, the sad story of Pakistan's F-16s emerged during a panel discussion. In the early 1980s, the United States agreed to sell Pakistan F-16 fighter jets. This decision was taken when the United States worked closely with Pakistan to repel the Soviets from Afghanistan. The F-16 was the most important air platform in Pakistan's air force and it was the most...
  • Pakistan orders DB-110 pods for F-16 fleet

    01/24/2011 6:25:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 1/24/2011 | Greg Waldron
    Goodrich has won a $72 million contract to provide Pakistan with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance pods and related items for its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters. The main component of the deal comprises five dual-band DB-110 pods, says the US Department of Defense. According to Goodrich, the DB-110 reconnaissance sensor provides three independent optical fields of view, allowing it to perform the following ISR missions: long-range stand-off, medium-range oblique and overflight, and low-altitude direct overflight. The deal also includes two datalink upgrades to existing pods, plus ground stations, spares, manuals, in-country installation and engineering support. "This supports a Foreign Military Sale...
  • Pakistan, Saudi air forces conduct joint exercise

    01/16/2011 11:20:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Pakistan Daily Times ^ | 1/16/2010 | Pakistan Daily Times
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) are conducting a joint air power employment exercise, code named ‘Al Saqoor-II’, in Saudi Arabia. The exercise commenced on January 6 and will be completed by January 19. A PAF contingent comprising F-16 and Mirage aircraft and that of the RSAF consisting of F-15 aircraft are participating in the exercise in which air operations are being executed in near realistic environment. The exercise will benefit both teams and hone their professional skills and further enhance existing brotherly relations between the two countries and their air forces. It will also...
  • Pakistan receives last batch of F-16 combat jets

    12/20/2010 8:42:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/15/2010 | Lieven Dewitte
    Pakistan received the last six of a batch of 18 F-16s ordered from the United States on December 13th. Pakistan had signed a contract with the US administration in 2006 for 18 F-16 C/D block 52 aircraft. The arrival of the six jets marked the delivery of all 18 planes by the US, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said. The jets flew into Shahbaz airbase in Jacobabad city in southern Sindh province, after a stop over at Lajes Field, Azores. The F-16 C/D Block 52 jets are equipped with a sophisticated avionics suite and latest weapons with night precision attack...
  • US hands over six F-16 fighter jets to PAF

    11/20/2010 8:37:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies ^ | 11/21/2010 |
    The US has handed over a batch of six F-16 fighter jets to the Pakistan Air Force during a ceremony at the Shahbaz airbase in the country's southern Sindh province. Vice Admiral LeFever, head of the Office of the US Defence Representative in Pakistan, handed over the aircraft on behalf of the US government to Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, vice chief of the PAF. The six F-16 C/D Block 52 jets are part of 18 aircraft to be delivered by the US this year. They are equipped with a sophisticated avionics suite and weapons systems for carrying out precision...
  • Pakistan to arm fighter jets with Chinese missiles .

    11/17/2010 11:45:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies
    Times Online ^ | 11/18/2010 | Mohideen Mifthah
    Pakistan has confirmed it will buy Chinese missiles and flight systems to equip its 250 JF-17 Thunder jet fighters as it seeks to deepen military cooperation with Beijing, state media said Thursday. Rao Qamar Suleman, air chief marshal of the Pakistan Air Force, told the Global Times newspaper Chinese radar systems and SD-10 mid-range homing missiles would be used on the fighters co-developed by the two nations. “PAF has no plans to install Western devices and weapons on the aircraft for the time being,” the newspaper quoted Suleman as saying. Pakistan may also buy up to four Chinese surface-to-air missiles,...
  • First Chinese AWACS rolls out for PAF

    11/15/2010 12:22:19 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Pakistan Observew ^ | 11/12/2010 | Tanvir Siddiqi
    The Rollout Ceremony of first Chinese ZDK-03 AWACS aircraft for Pakistan Air Force was held at Hanzhong, China on Saturday. The ZDK-03 system is an advanced Airborne Warning and Control System with sophisticated integrated sensors and communications suite. Pakistan Air Force had signed a contract in 2008 with CETC of China for the joint development of 04 ZDK-03 AWACS aircraft configured to Pakistan Air Force specifications Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The ceremony was attended by Commander PLA Air Force and other senior military...
  • Pakistan Air Force Receives Three New F-16s from US

    11/11/2010 9:34:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/11/2010 | Defense Talk
    Pakistan: U.S. and Pakistani officials marked the latest chapter in the growth of the Pakistan Air Force with the delivery of three additional new F-16 aircraft to the Government of Pakistan from the United States during an induction ceremony today at Shahbaz Air Base near Jacobabad, Pakistan. “These aircraft represent a significant increase in Air Force technology and capability for our strategic allies here in Pakistan,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata, Deputy Commander of the Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan. “These deliveries are the culmination of many, many years of hard work, a great deal of patience, a...
  • Pakistan’s Infatuation with the F-16s: Dreams & Realities

    07/06/2010 10:13:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Opinion Maker ^ | 7/6/2010 | Engr. Mansoor A Malik
    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...
  • Pakistan Air Force Inducts New F-16s into Fighter Fleet

    07/01/2010 4:43:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Air Force News/Defense Talk ^ | 07/01/2010 | Air Force News/Defense Talk
    F-16 aircraft to the Government of Pakistan from the United States during an induction ceremony today at Shahbaz Air Base near Jacobabad, Pakistan. "The induction of these advanced F-16s is a historic milestone for U.S.-Pakistan relations - both a symbolic and tangible demonstration of our strong partnership and the U.S. intent to stand beside Pakistan over the long-term as an important ally and friend," said Amb. Anne Patterson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. "These aircraft underscore the promise made by the United States to support Pakistan to achieve our mutual goals of defeating violent extremists and establishing peace and security." U.S....
  • New F-16s May Give Pakistan Advantage Over Insurgents

    06/27/2010 10:46:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Buisnessweek ^ | 6/27/2010 | Tony Capaccio
    The Pakistan Air Force today received its first three of 18 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16s that the U.S. hopes will give the Afghan neighbor nation a crucial edge against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in its northwest. The aircraft give the Pakistan Air Force a night-attack capability and all-weather precision targeting, “an unprecedented advantage they have not had,” said Vice Admiral Michael Lefever, head of the U.S. military mission in Islamabad. He predicted that the most up-to-date version of the fighter aircraft could be pressed “fairly quickly” into air operations against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other insurgents in the ungoverned northwest...
  • PAF to enhance potency by inducting latest version of F-16s

    06/26/2010 1:34:52 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Associated Press of Pakistan ^ | 6/26/2010 | Associated Press of Pakistan
    Adding potency to PAF’s fleet, three most modern F-16 aircraft would be inducted at the newly upgraded base under the Southern Air Command of the country on Sunday.Delivery of Block-52 type of F-16 aircraft, especially designed to ably meet with the country’s present and future needs is a part of goodwill gesture by the United States.Pakistan is the second country after Israel to get these state of the art aircraft from the US. Total 18 aircraft, equipped with Modern Electronic Warfare gadgets like Sniper Pods, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Threat Warning System (TWS), Beyond Visual Range missiles, and Night...
  • Pakistan launches avionics production line for JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft

    05/29/2010 10:15:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 389+ views
    Sify News ^ | 5/29/2010 | Sify News
    Pakistan has started the production of avionics and other important gadgets for the JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. The equipments for the combat jets would be produced at the Kamra based Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the production line for the latest avionics, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman described the project as a step forward in making the PAF 'self-reliant.' "A strong air force is essential for the country's survival, therefore, it is important that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) gets self-reliant. Today's ceremony is an important step in...
  • France says arms sale to Pakistan held up

    04/02/2010 11:59:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/3//2010 | Sophie Hardach
    France's plan to sell 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) worth of military equipment for Pakistan's JF-17 combat aircraft has been held up, a source at President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said on Friday.Newspaper Le Monde had reported earlier that France decided to suspend the sale of electronics and missiles -- the first section of a 6 billion euro contract -- under pressure from India and uncertainty over Pakistan's finances. "It's a deal that's not ready from the Pakistani side," the source said, without giving further details. "For now, the state of the dossier doesn't allow us to carry on with it."...
  • Pakistan Air Force validates fighter operations from motorways

    04/02/2010 7:44:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 782+ views
    India Talkies ^ | 4/2/2010 | India Talkies
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Friday successfully validated its concept of fighter operations from motorways and highways when its two fighter aircraft landed on a motorway. The historic landmark was achieved as part of the ongoing High Mark-2010 exercise. After landing, the aircraft were refuelled, rearmed and re-launched, Associated Press of Pakistan reported. While the point where the two aircraft touched down was not specified, it was believed to be somewhere on the Islamabad-Lahore motorway or that linking the capital with Peshawar. High Mark-2010, launched March 15, is the PAF’s biggest war game in five years and covers the the...
  • Pakistan negotiating for 14 more F-16s with US’

    03/28/2010 7:59:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 198+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 3/28/2010 | Daily Times
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will start getting a lot of 18 latest version F-16 fighting falcon aircrafts fitted with Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile system by June this year, Chief of Air Staff Rao Qamar Suleman said on Saturday. Briefing reporters on the on-going High Mark-2010 Exercise by PAF in collusion with the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Navy, the air chief said the delivery of the aircrafts to Pakistan would complete by the end of the current year. He said, in addition to 18 F-16s, Pakistan had also been negotiating to get another lot of 14 aircraft of...
  • Pak Air Force begins "High Mark 2010" exercise

    03/16/2010 12:57:57 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 478+ views ^ | 3/16/2010 |
    Pakistan Air Force formally commenced a country-wide exercise aimed at conducting operations in a "near-realistic tactical environment" and integrating its new acquisitions like the JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft and Saab 2000 AWACS into its fleet. The manoeuvre, codenamed "High Mark 2010" began with Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman disseminating the "air tasking orders" to all PAF units on Monday. The exercise will cover the whole of Pakistan, from Skardu in the north to the Arabian Sea in the south. The PAF’s new inductions, including the JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, Saab 2000 airborne warning and control aircraft and Il-78 air-to-air...
  • Pakistan plans military exercise with U.S.

    03/08/2010 10:08:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 87+ views
    UPI ^ | 03/08/2010 | UPI
    Pakistani air force joins U.S. counterparts in joint maneuvers over North America using the F-16 Fighting Falcon in late 2010, sources said Monday. Sources to the Pakistani newspaper The National said U.S. and Pakistani teams would participate in defense maneuvers in the United States. "The joint exercises have been planned in the wake of the quality performance of the Pakistani air force in air raids in the tribal areas as part of the war on terror as well as the recognition of its air power in South Asia," the source said on condition of anonymity. Pakistani military officials said air...