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In December 1981, the government of Pakistan signed a letter of agreement for the purchase of up to 40 F-16A/B (28 F-16A and 12 F-16B) fighters for Pakistan Air Force. The first two F-16A and four F-16B two-seat trainers, were delivered to Pakistan on January 14, 1983. After the initial training of a nucleus of six pilots and eighty-seven technicians in the US, the PAF handled its own F-16 programme, for which it received a total of 12 trainers with 28 single seat F-16A. The delivery of this first contract of 40 aircraft was completed by mid-86, with their equipment comprising a wide range of sophisticated avionics such as the ALQ-131 ECM pod and the ALR-69 radar warning receiver. Apart from the AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missile, armament provision includes the Thomson-CSF Atlis laser designator pods, a TV-type tracking system linked with a laser illuminator. F-16 is a multirole jet fighter sold to 24 countries around the world, according to its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. Pakistan was the second nation (after Israel) to use the F-16 in combat.
 
On March 25, 2005, U.S. government approved the sale of F-16C/D Block 52 to Pakistan. PAF hopes, eventually, to procure 71 new Block 52 F-16s. In July 2006, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress that the F-16s would come with 200 Sidewinder and 500 AIM-120C5 air-to-air missiles plus 800 general purpose 2,000 and 500-pound bombs. On September 30, 2006, the contract was signed between the Pakistani and US government for the acquisition of 18 new F-16C/D Block 52 aircraft and an option for another 18 more. PAF F-16 Block 52+ F-16D (serial# 10801) roll out in a ceremony held at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LM Aero) facility at Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas USA on October 13, 2009. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest. The first one F-16C and two F-16D two-seat trainers, were delivered to Pakistan on June 26, 2010. Total 18 aircraft, equipped with Modern Electronic Warfare gadgets like Sniper Pods, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Threat Warning System (TWS), Beyond Visual Range missiles, and Night Precision Guided missile.
   
 
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