U.S. Planning to sell Pakistan up to 62 Fighter Jets
The Bush administration is planning to sell Pakistan as many as 62 fighter jets in a deal that could cost as much as $5 billion. The deal may not only hamper the improvement of relations with Pakistan’s neighbor India, but also comes at a time when Pakistan is still trying to recover from a massive earthquake in late 2005.
The proposed sale includes 18 new F-16 aircraft with an option to purchase another 18 planes, support for up to 26 used F-16s, an upgrade for Pakistan's 34 F-16s, munitions, and logistical support.
The Bush administration first announced that it was ready to sell the planes in March 2005. But Pakistan decided in April 2006 to forgo a planned larger purchase in order finance earthquake relief efforts.
“US Plans to Supply Pakistan with Fighter Jets,” Mail & Guardian Online (South Africa), 4 July 2006.
David Gollust, “US Congress Notified of Pakistan Fighter Deal,” Voice of America News, 29 June 2006.