Pakistan to buy mix of new and used F-16s

Published on Jan 21, 2006 06:22 PM IST

Pakistan had put off its decision due to last year's earthquake so that it could use the money for relief.

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After putting off a $4 billion deal to buy 75 F-16s from the US in the aftermath of last year's earthquake, Pakistan now plans to buy a mix of used and new versions of the fighter jets.

"We are also considering to buy used F-16s from elsewhere. However, we will prefer a mix of new and old F-16 fighter planes for the PAF," Pakistan Air Force Chief Kaleem Saadat said on Saturday, adding that various versions of the F-16s were available for the PAF to chose from.

PAF was on the verge of buying 75 F-16 fighter jets from the US last year when the earthquake struck parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and NWFP on October 8.

The decision was put off to get maximum financial support from the world community for quake relief work. Pakistan managed to get financial commitments to the tune of seven billion dollars for the relief and reconstruction.

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