Karachi : Pakistan’s Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed has said that Pakistan was likely to get 18 F-16 fighters by December 2008, along with equipment, accessories, bombs, missiles and other required armaments.
Addressing the launching ceremony of a book titled “PAF Over the Year”, at the Pakistan Air Force Museum Monday night, Ahmed said that eight JF-17 fighting thunder aircraft would be inducted into the fleet of Pakistan Air Force by the end of this year, says Online news agency.
He added that these aircraft had been built and assembled with the help of China and were better than the F-16 to some extent.
Ahmed also said that a sum of 18 billion Pakistani rupees has been allocated to enhance the efficiency and warfare technology of the Pakistan Air Force by 2019.
Speaking on the role of the Pakistan Air Force, Ahmed said it was the only air defence-force in the world that had the additional ability to design or assemble its own aerial warfare platforms and equipment. Even the US Air Force does not have this capability, he added.