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US Approves $125 Support For Pakistan’s F-16 Warplanes

The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced the US has approved $125 million worth of support for Pakistan’s F-16 warplanes.

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for Technical Security Team (TST) in continued support of the F-16 programme for an estimated cost of $125 million," the DSCA said in a statement.

The government of Pakistan requested a continuation of technical support services, which includes US government and contractor technical and logistics support services, Pakistan’s Today’s reported.

The request also included other related elements of logistics support to assist in the oversight of operations in support of the Pakistan Peace Drive advanced F-16 programme.

The potential sale will support US foreign policy and national security "by protecting US technology through the continued presence of US personnel that provide 24/7 end-use monitoring," the State Department said.

It added that the proposed sales of equipment and support "will not alter the basic military balance in the region".

Washington, in early 2018, had blocked military aid to Pakistan after Trump accused Islamabad of giving “nothing but lies and deceit” in the war against terrorism.

US Approves $125 Support For Pakistan’s F-16 Warplanes

This comes after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met US President Donald Trump at White House last week.

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The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced the US has approved $125 million worth of support for Pakistan’s F-16 warplanes.

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for Technical Security Team (TST) in continued support of the F-16 programme for an estimated cost of $125 million," the DSCA said in a statement.

The government of Pakistan requested a continuation of technical support services, which includes US government and contractor technical and logistics support services, Pakistan’s Today’s reported.

The request also included other related elements of logistics support to assist in the oversight of operations in support of the Pakistan Peace Drive advanced F-16 programme.

The potential sale will support US foreign policy and national security "by protecting US technology through the continued presence of US personnel that provide 24/7 end-use monitoring," the State Department said.

It added that the proposed sales of equipment and support "will not alter the basic military balance in the region".

Washington, in early 2018, had blocked military aid to Pakistan after Trump accused Islamabad of giving “nothing but lies and deceit” in the war against terrorism.

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