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Pakistan expects 18 F-16s by end 2008

August 9, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Pakistan's Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood has said that by December 2008, Pakistan will likely get 18 F-16s along with its technical-equipment, accessories, bombs, missiles and other required armaments.

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Addressing the launching ceremony of a book titled "PAF Over the Year", at the Pakistan Air Force Museum, 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 even claimed that these aircraft, built and assembled with the help of China, were better than 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.