Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jets fly in formation during a ceremony in Islamabad in 2005. The US recently approved a US$450 million package to maintain and upgrade Pakistan’s fleet of F-16s. Photo: AP
Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jets fly in formation during a ceremony in Islamabad in 2005. The US recently approved a US$450 million package to maintain and upgrade Pakistan’s fleet of F-16s. Photo: AP
Pakistan

Was China a factor in US$450 million US-Pakistan F-16 deal, or is it all about airspace access?

  • A deal struck to maintain and upgrade Pakistan’s warplanes has prompted speculation the US military may have secured airspace access in return
  • Both sides share a common enemy in Afghanistan-based terror groups. But some analysts see China as part of the reason for the F-16 deal as well

Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jets fly in formation during a ceremony in Islamabad in 2005. The US recently approved a US$450 million package to maintain and upgrade Pakistan’s fleet of F-16s. Photo: AP
Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jets fly in formation during a ceremony in Islamabad in 2005. The US recently approved a US$450 million package to maintain and upgrade Pakistan’s fleet of F-16s. Photo: AP
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