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Defense News: Pakistan In Talks With US Over F-16 Procurement Deal

Defense News: Pakistan In Talks With US Over F-16 Procurement Deal - top government contractors - best government contracting event

F16FleetSohail Aman, air chief marshal and head of Pakistan's air force, has said that Pakistan is in discussions with the U.S. government to buy new F-16 planes as replacements for older generation aircraft by 2020, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Usman Ansari writes Aman said at an event that “it may take some time“ before the two countries reach a deal over the procurement of new fighter jets.

Aman's statement comes after reports in October 2015 that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would pay a visit to Washington in order to persuade the U.S. to allow the sale of eight more F-16 jets to Pakistan amid India's lobbying efforts in Congress.

Brian Cloughley, an author and former Australian defense attache to Islamabad, Pakistan, told the publication he believes such a sale could push through.

“The India lobby in Congress is quite powerful and might help to block such sales to Pakistan, but the defense production lobby is much more influential,“ Cloughley noted.

Kestrel represents F-16 aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin in Pakistan.

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