Islamabad, Jan 22: US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt have reviewed Pakistan’s F-16 programme.
Both sides affirmed their mutual commitment to a strong defence relationship, which they agreed should focus on achieving common objectives, reports the Daily Times.
Olson, who visited the home of Pakistan’s F-16s, at PAF Base Shahbaz, said the visit, and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 programme itself, represent concrete examples of US-Pakistan cooperation to support shared security goals and to promote peace and stability in the region.
The PAF has been flying F-16s since the early 1980s. In 2008, the PAF bought the advanced Block 52 model using national funds.
The US Foreign Military Assistance programme is helping the PAF upgrade its fleet of older F-16 aircraft to match these new capabilities. (ANI)