Biden Administration has approved a whopping $450 million F-16 fighter jet fleet sustainment programme for Pakistan. Pakistan first received the F-16 aircraft package from the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s. It is the first major security assistance to Pakistan after Trump in 2018. Trump stopped all defence and security assistance to Pakistan alleging that Islamabad was not a partner in its fight against terrorism.
- The United States Govt notified Congress of a proposed Foreign Military Sales case to sustain the Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 programme.
- Pakistan is an important counterterrorism partner, and as part of longstanding policy, the United States provides life cycle maintenance and sustainment packages for US-origin platforms
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