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State Dept OKs $700M Sale of F-16 Aircraft, Logistics Support to Pakistan

F16FleetThe State Department has given Pakistan the go-ahead to buy eight F-16 Block 52 planes, related equipment and logistics support from the U.S. government under a potential $699.04 million foreign military sales agreement.

Pakistan will use the additional fighter jets to support counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Friday.

The sale covers two F-16C and six F-16D models with Pratt & Whitney-built F100-PW-229 engines, 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems, eight ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites and eight AN/APG-68(V)9 radars.

The U.S. and Pakistan have not yet selected contractors on the potential FMS deal that also includes repair parts, spares, technical documents, training resources, test equipment, program and contract engineering support services.

DSCA said it informed Congress of the potential FMS transaction Thursday.

Sohail Aman, air chief marshal and head of Pakistan’s air force,  initially announced the country’s plan to purchase new F-16 jets from the U.S. at an event held in December 2015.

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