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The Bush Administration said on Monday that it planned to sell Pakistan up to 36 advanced F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin in a weapons package that could be worth more than $5 billion (2.7 billion pounds).
The U.S. State Department said the proposed sale was part of an effort to broaden the United States' strategic partnership with Pakistan and advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests in South Asia.
The new F-16 C/D fighters would be used for close air support in the U.S.-declared global war on terrorism, the Pentagon Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a notice to Congress. The agency, responsible for government-to-government arms sales, said the F-16s would be worth $3 billion if all options were exercised.
The proposed sale also includes a support package for up to 26 refurbished F-16s that Pakistan eventually may buy and upgrades for Pakistan's current fleet of 34 F-16s, said Jay Greer, a U.S. State Department spokesman.
The Pentagon said these 60 "mid=life upgrade" kits for older F-16s could be worth as much as $1.3 billion.
Originally posted by RetinoidReceptor
Yet the US has never learned from history. And they aren't going to start now.