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Unread post13 Oct 2009, 08:03

The News wrote:F-16 rolling ceremony to be held in Dallas today?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
By Sami Abraham

Washington DC: The rolling out ceremony of first F-16 plane due to be handed over to Pakistan next year is set to be held in Lockheed Martin headquarter at Dallas Forth Texas on Tuesday. Chief of Pakistan Air Force Rao Qamar will be the chief guest.

Pakistan signed a contract with the United States in 2006 to get 18 new F-16 planes of C/D series. The F16 planes, present in PAF fleet, are being extensively used against extremists in Fata and Swat.

The 18 new aircrafts will be equipped with the state-of-art radar , Electronic Warfare system and long range air to air missile. Under this agreement Pakistan would also get its old F-16 aircrafts upgraded.

source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=203020
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Unread post13 Oct 2009, 08:48

By Sami Abraham


I'm guessing this guy isn't from TX. Anyways, he's probably talking about the Dallas Fort Worth area which is just one big metroplex. I'm sure the ceremony will be held at the Lockheed Plant in Fort Worth at the NAS JRB there.
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Unread post13 Oct 2009, 19:08

First 2 'D' models due to arrive in Pakistan in December.

Lockheed Martin wrote:Lockheed Martin Unveils First New F-16 For Pakistan In Ceremony Attended By Air Force Chiefs

FORT WORTH, Texas, October 13th, 2009 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] unveiled the first of 18 new F-16s being produced for Pakistan in ceremonies today at its Fort Worth, Texas, facility. Officials including the Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. and Pakistan Air Forces were on hand to witness the event.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Quamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), accepted the first F-16 Block 52 aircraft on behalf of his nation. Also present were Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, and other senior officials.

The U.S. government was represented by Rep. Kay Granger, Texas 12th District, and Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

"Peace Drive is the flagship of modernization for Pakistan's Air Force. It is the latest configuration of the best 4th generation multirole fighter available in the world today," said John Larson, vice president of F-16 programs for Lockheed Martin.

The aircraft order is designated as "Peace Drive I," continuing a long tradition of naming F-16 international sales programs with the word Peace. The program raises the total number of F-16s ordered by Pakistan to 54. The Pakistan Air Force received its first F-16, in the Block 15 F-16A/B configuration, in 1982. Pakistan has been operating Lockheed Martin aircraft since 1963, when it received C-130B airlifters.

The Peace Drive I order is for 12 F-16Cs and six F-16Ds, all powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine. The first aircraft – a two-seat F-16D model – will be delivered to the U.S. government (as agent for Pakistan in the Foreign Military Sales process) in December, with the remainder following in 2010.

The F-16 is the choice of 25 nations. More than 4,400 aircraft have been delivered worldwide from assembly lines in five countries. The F-16 program has been characterized by unprecedented international cooperation among governments, air forces and aerospace industries. Major upgrades to all F-16 versions are being incorporated to keep the fleet modern and fully supportable over the aircraft's long service life.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.


source: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/pres ... nveil.html



Air Chief Marshal Rao Quamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force delivering his remarks after the first F-16D block 52 aircraft was unveiled at Lockheed Martins, Fort Worth facility on October 13th, 2009. [Photo by Lockheed Martin]
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Unread post13 Oct 2009, 19:28

Associated Press of Pakistan wrote:Inauguration of first BLK-52 F-16D aircraft

KARACHI, Oct 13 (APP): The First Block-52 F-16D aircraft of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) rolled out on Tuesday at a ceremony held at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LM Aero) facility at Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas USA. An ISPR (PAF) press release issued here on Tuesday evening said that the Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, attended the ceremony as the chief guest.

It said that Pakistan had signed a contract with US Government in September 2006 for supply of 18 Block-52 F-16 C/D aircraft from M/s LM Aero.

These state-of-the-art F-16s will bolster PAF’s fleet of high tech combat aircraft and will enable it to undertake wide variety of missions across the entire spectrum of operations.

After completion of testing and integration of the new system, the first batch of F-16 C/D aircraft is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan in June 2010, and the delivery of all 18 F-16s is planned to complete by December 2010.

Speaking on the occasion, ACM Rao Qamar Suleman said that this programme has seen many ups and downs since signing of the contract. The rollout of the first aircraft shows that the programme is on track.

Besides CAS PAF, the ceremony was also attended by Ms Kay Granger (Member US House of Representatives), Gen Norton Schwartz (Chief of Staff USAF), General David H Petraeus, Commander CENTCOM, Hussain Haqqani (Ambassador of Pakistan to the US), Ralph Heath (President LM Aero), John Larson (VP F-16/F-2/T-50 Programmes) and other distinguished guests from the US Government, LM Aero and the Government of Pakistan.

source: http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?opt ... 3&Itemid=2
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Unread post14 Oct 2009, 06:42

Star-Telegram wrote:Pakistani, U.S. officials on hand in Fort Worth for F-16 ceremonies
Posted Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
By BOB COX

For the first time in two decades, Pakistan’s air force is about to get new F-16 fighter jets.

Pakistani military and government officials were on hand Tuesday at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in Fort Worth for ceremonies unveiling the first of 18 new F-16s to be delivered in the next year.

And to highlight the continuing value of the F-16 to Lockheed and Fort Worth, the Defense Department announced that it had notified Congress of a possible sale of 24 F-16s to Egypt, along with spare engines, radars and weapons, a deal potentially worth about $3.2 billion.

The Pakistan jet sale, worth roughly $2 billion, was authorized in 2006 by President George W. Bush. It was the first to Pakistan since 1990, when then-President George H.W. Bush cut off delivery of 28 previously purchased planes over the country’s nuclear weapons development program.

"Many people thought this day would never come," Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, said in remarks at the ceremony. "It’s a historic and defining moment."

The U.S. and Pakistan, Haqqani said, "are democracies struggling to protect the world against terrorism and protecting us from those who would take our freedom."

The resumption of F-16 sales was opposed by some members of Congress, denounced by India and at times threatened by lagging payments to Lockheed.

"This journey was long, difficult, challenging and sometimes frustrating," said Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, whose district includes the Lockheed plant.

Granger said Pakistan "is the point of the spear" in U.S. efforts to combat terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere. She said the U.S. and Pakistan have "a growing relationship that will last for decades to come."

Pakistan is buying 18 F-16C Block 52 jets, one of the most capable versions of the aircraft, which is flown by the U.S. Air Force and numerous other countries.

In addition, Lockheed is producing modernization and upgrade kits for 35 of Pakistan’s 1980s-era F-16As. The kits will provide the same radar, digital mission computers and modern digital instrumentation systems as the new aircraft. Four aircraft will be upgraded in Fort Worth, with the rest of the kits shipped to Pakistan to be installed there.

The head of Pakistan’s air force, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, said that nation’s F-16s have proved valuable in making precision attacks on Al Qaeda and Taliban extremists that operate out of the rugged mountainous region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At the end of June, Lockheed had a backlog of 87 unfilled F-16 orders, enough to keep the Fort Worth assembly line operating through about 2012. Lockheed has about 2,100 Fort Worth employees directly tied to the F-16 program and several hundred others who provide varying degrees of support.

Additional sales to Egypt, should they occur, would add to the backlog. The Obama administration signaled to the Egyptian government this year that it would look favorably upon a request to buy additional F-16s. Egypt has already taken delivery of 220 F-16s since 1982.

Before Tuesday’s Egypt announcement, John Larson, Lockheed’s vice president of the F-16 program, said he was "very optimistic about additional F-16 sales. There are a number of government-to-government discussions going on now that we’re pretty confident will result in orders."

The biggest potential source of business is Pakistan’s neighbor and historical enemy, India, which is holding a competition to buy 126 fighter jets. Lockheed is competing for that business, as is Boeing with its F/A-18 Super Hornet, along with several foreign aircraft manufacturers.

source: http://www.star-telegram.com/business/s ... 83368.html
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Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said Pakistan’s F-16s have proved valuable in making precision attacks on extremists. Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison
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John Larson, Lockheed’s vice president of the F-16 program, said he was "very optimistic about additional F-16 sales. There are a number of government-to-government discussions going on now." Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison
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Flight Global wrote:PICTURES: Lockheed Martin unveils first F-16 Block 52 ordered by Pakistan
By Stephen Trimble

Lockheed Martin today unveiled the first of up to 36 F-16 Block 52 fighters that could be sold to the Pakistan Air Force in a ceremony attended by the chiefs of both Pakistani US air forces.

The so-called “Peace Drive I” programme brokered by the US government once called for Pakistan to buy up to 55 F-16s. That number has been reduced to firm orders for 12 single-seat F-16C and six F-16Ds.

Pakistan also has signed options to buy 18 more F-16 Block 52s, all powered by Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines.

The F-16s currently on order represent the “latest configuration of the best 4th generation multirole fighter available in the world today,” John Larson, vice president of F-16 programmes for Lockheed Martin, said in a statement.

In June 2006, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency listed the systems that Pakistan had requested for its F-16s.

Requested sensors included Northrop Grumman mechanically-scanned APG-68(V)9 radars and ITT ALQ-211(V)9 advanced integrated defensive electronic warfare suites (AIDEWS) without digital radio frequency memory.

The proposed weapons package included an order for 500 Raytheon AIM-120C5 advanced medium range air to air missiles, 200 Raytheon AIM-9M-8/9 Sidewinders, 500 Boeing joint direct attack munitions, 1,600 enhanced GBU-12/24 laser-guided bombs and 700 BLU-109 penetrator bombs.

Lockheed is also under contract to upgrade 34 Pakistan F-16A/B Block 15 fighters with modern weapons and sensors.

source: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/20 ... istan.html
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First delivery for the newly-built F-16 Block 52 is scheduled in December. [Photo LMT]
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Unread post14 Oct 2009, 15:01

Good to see it finally materialize, but I'm curious to know whether America has allowed DFRM on Pakistan Air Force's new Block-52s?
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Unread post14 Oct 2009, 17:12

don´t think so,in the DSCA notification it was noted "without DFRM"
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Unread post14 Oct 2009, 20:12

Photos of the first flight of #10801 on September 29, 2009. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin


PAF F-16D block 52 #10801 is seen taxiing at Lockheeds Fort Worth facility before its first test flight on September 29th, 2009. [Lockheed Martin photo]


PAF F-16D block 52 #10801 is seen departing from Lockheeds Fort Worth facility for its first flight, accompanied by a Lockheed F-16D chase plane on September 29th, 2009. [Lockheed Martin hoto]
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Unread post15 Oct 2009, 22:15

Great pictures. I am really glad that we are gonna get it after all. But will they be having CFT's as well ?? And why weren't Amraams loaded on wingtips of these vipers ? Aren't they a part of deal as well ?
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Unread post15 Oct 2009, 22:40

yasirbhojani wrote:Great pictures. I am really glad that we are gonna get it after all. But will they be having CFT's as well ?? And why weren't Amraams loaded on wingtips of these vipers ? Aren't they a part of deal as well ?


For a first test flight you won't need either. CFT packs can be added for a later flight and as this particular jet will be handed to the USAF in December, there is plenty of time for LM to test weapons layout before delivery.
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Unread post16 Oct 2009, 12:34

Ohkay. Thanks. I'll be waiting for more pics if you guys could get it from LM plant, though it might not seem possible right now, but I'll still be waiting. Thanks anyways.
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Unread post17 Oct 2009, 09:36

Roll out ceremony of first F-16 Block-52 aircraft for Pakistan
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Unread post17 Oct 2009, 23:44

I found some more, so I decided to share em'. About Amraams, it is already carrying Amraam on the right wing which is not clearly visible in any of the images above but these ones give a pretty clear look. I was surprised to see this viper carrying Sidewinder on wingtips instead of Amraams because noramlly, Amraams are carried at wingtips. Anyways, these Sidewinders are Aim-9M, right ?
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