In Pakistan there is talk of the purchase of a new F-16 fighter tranche from the USA. American analysts believe that such a deal cannot be made in the short term or even canceled.
However, he was the chief of staff of the media to expose himself to the media Pakistan Air Force who reported that he had established relationships with senior US officials to establish the terms of the trade agreement to obtain more recent F-16 fighters, but negotiation, he said, could take some time.
The US Defense Commission plays down on the news of F16 to the Pakistanis, but confirms that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, last October, during a visit to Washington asked for the start of the procedure for the purchase of eight F-16. Pakistan, the Commission adds in a statement, currently already has a number of F-16 in place and the addition of eight more fighters is unlikely to have an impact on the balance of power in the area of influence between Pakistan and India.
The prudence of the Defense Commission is due to the fact that the United States Congress has always been historically skeptical about the sale of arms to Pakistan, if not in small quantities, precisely so as not to cause any Indian resentment, given the excellent and constantly growing trade relations.
Pakistan, however, this time, may be able to have the eight F16 fighters because the US government needs to maintain the F16 production line which, given zero internal orders, can only be guaranteed with exports.
According to various analysts the Indian lobby in Congress is quite powerful and influential and will act to hinder these sales to Pakistan, but on the other hand there is the equally powerful military industry lobby is much more influential.
In this context, the United States must, however, demonstrate to China that it is still influential in Pakistan, especially in military agreements. The vivacity of Pakistan-China relations in strategic anti-India cooperation is known. For this reason the United States, to maintain its influence in the area, will have to grant, without any hesitation and loss of time, any form of collaboration with the Pakistani Government.
David McKeeby, a spokesman for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs of the US State Department, pointed out to the skeptics that what has been provided in the past to Pakistan has improved their efforts in the fight against terrorism. The F-16 already given to the Pakistani aeronautics have improved the precision in the bombings, significantly reducing the collateral damage. Important successes have been made, in this sense, against the terrorist elements in North Waziristan.
Such operations, the senior US official pointed out, were done in the national interest of both Pakistan and the United States. On the other hand, the American defense-related industry is already well established in Pakistan: Lockheed Martin is represented by Kestrel, which also represents a number of other US companies such as Sikorsky, Hawker Beechcraft and L3 Communications.
The United States, therefore, as we have seen, despite the internal debates are aware of having to play an increasingly important role in all areas of the globe to show that they are able to know how to play all the games.
(photo: US Air Force)