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The reason why the US support Pakistan’s F16 aircraft : Here are the 3 factors

Many theories exist regarding how the US came to support Pakistan’s F-16 program and how they were convinced of the agreement.

The reason why the US support Pakistan's F16 aircraft : Here are the 3 factors

Many theories exist regarding how the US came to support Pakistan’s F-16 program and how they were convinced of the agreement.

These three takeaways are the big factors behind this deal. the impression of business agreements to put influences the US to provide aid and support to Pakistan.

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1. Changing the prime minister of Pakistan

Imran Khan, the departing prime minister, was the most supportive of Russia’s friends and even flew to meet Putin after Russia attacked Ukraine and demonstrated support for Russia. Despite other issues, he becomes overly dependent on China, and he even supports purchasing additional J-10 fighter jets, which they recently acquired.

He claimed that in 2021, the nation would be forced to bear the burden of the errors done by the US in Afghanistan during its two-decade war on terror. He primarily opposed western nations, which he also claimed US responsible for crises and terrorism. and phase in Afghanistan’s intolerable difficulties.

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The US was waiting for Imran Khan’s rule to shift, and after Shehbaz Sharif became the new prime minister on April 11, 2022, a bilateral relationship began to grow. The US would take Pakistan’s request for F-16 fleet support very seriously.

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2. There are too many reliances on Chinese participation in international defense.

China is Pakistan’s only truly helpful neighbor, and both nations are growing cooperatively to assist economic and product development. It has no choice but to work with China in such a situation. With the new fighter jets and armed weapons, it was necessary to provide military support against the border tensions with India and Afghanistan as well as internal terrorism activities.

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The US is currently focused on Pakistan’s demands and requirements. And it would definitely be in opposition to the fighter jet export agreement from China. additionally to divert Pakistan’s focus from China to the United States’ defense assistance. and it would significantly alter this. Moreover, it might assist in lending money to Pakistan to bolster its aid efforts.

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The reason why the US support Pakistan's F16 aircraft : Here are the 3 factors

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3. Putting pressure on India’s FA18 agreement?

The F16 agreement is a support program, not a sale of a new fighter aircraft. Without assistance, the Pakistani F16 fighter will continue to be inactive. However, there is a rumor that the US may enter into a game-changing deal with Pakistan’s defense, pressuring India to purchase FA18 fighter jets while still wanting to maintain counteroffers to Pakistan and maintain a friendly environment. The US tries its best to support India in the purchase of other defense products. Pakistan currently has 85 F-16 fighter jets, 75 of which are operational.

For India, it won’t make any difference because it has bilateral support from the European and Russian nations and can choose to purchase any jets that are appropriate for its needs.

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The only source of Pakistan’s defensive capabilities is the US. to develop those nations without heavily depending on China and other nations.

But given that the instability in neighboring nations poses a threat to the nations, this may result in fresh problems for India.

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The reason why the US support Pakistan's F16 aircraft : Here are the 3 factors

4. In order to improve the fleet, Turkey has also received F16 support.

Not just Pakistan has received support for the F-16. The United States supports Turkey as well. In September of last year, Turkey formally requested to purchase 80 modification kits for its current fighters as well as 40 new Block 70 F-16s manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
The Biden administration restated its intention to supply dozens of F-16 fighter jets to Ankara in order to improve its current fleet, while Turkey stated that it would accept Sweden’s and Finland’s aspirations to join the NATO alliance.

The Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 program is being supported by a planned Foreign Military Sales case, which the US government has informed Congress about. As part of a long-standing policy, the US offers life cycle maintenance and sustainment packages for platforms of American origin to Pakistan, a crucial counterterrorism partner.

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However, this development could have an impact on some of Pakistan’s current alliances and pose a fresh threat to its neighbors. Share your thoughts on Pakistan’s support for F16 fighter jets.

 

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Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

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Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

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The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

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British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
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British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

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Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

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FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

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In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

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United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

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