Pakistan’s envoy to the US, Jalil Abbas Jilani hopes that the incoming Republican government could revisit arms sales to Pakistan, notably of the F-16 fighter jet.
He also suggested that the next government could resolve issues and release the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) to support Pakistan’s counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts, quwa reported Monday.
The government’s revisit to the sale of F-16s and CSF issues could strengthen the cooperation of Pakistan and the US in combating terrorism.
In 2016, the US Department of State approved a USD $700 million sale of 8 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block-52+ to Pakistan. But the sale was contingent on a Foreign Military Financing (FMF) element that would partly subsidize the sale. The Congress approved the sale but did not green light the FMF.
Following that, in April, the US Department of Defence also withheld a USD $300 million CSF package owing to the fact that it could assure Pakistan’s commitment to fighting Haqqani network in its Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
A photo of a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Ilyushin IL-78 in-flight re-fueling tanker at the 360th Aircraft Repair Plant in Ryazan city most likely indicates that Russia would be refurbishing the PAFs IL-78 four-engine tanker. In a post written by a Russian aviation observer, the 360th Aircraft Repair Plant will begin refurbishing the IL-78s in May, and will complete the process by December 2017,
Pakistan on Monday test fired a Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur-3 capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean. The missile, with a range of 450 kilometers, was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and it has hit its target with precise accuracy
Nigerian Federal Budget has confirmed an order for three JF-17 fighter aircraft along with 10 Super Mushak trainers from Pakistan. Although there have been multiple reports of Nigerian officials and state documents listing the purchase, this is first-hand confirmation from the Government of Nigeria, Quwa reported Thursday
The US government has announced sanctions against seven Pakistani government-owned and commercial entities allegedly associated with the countrys missile, defence and nuclear programmes, says an official notification. The notification by the US Department of Commerce said that the entities added to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) list “have been determined by the US government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”
Pakistan Strategic Plans Division (SPD) has unveiled extended range Raad 2 (“Thunder 2”) air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) during Pakistan's Day Parade. The Raad 2 has a stated range of 550 km
Indias Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday seized two Pakistani boats from Tota Guru post (Dera Baba Nanak Post) on the Ravi river in Punjab. No arrests have been made so far
Pakistan on Tuesday has test launched Ababeel surface-to-surface ballistic missile (SSM) that is capable of delivering multiple warheads using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. Ababeel has a maximum range of 2,200 kilometres and the test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement
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