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Pakistan receives five F-16 aircraft from Jordan

ISLAMABAD, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Sunday inducted five U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets received from Jordan, state radio reported.

Addressing a ceremony, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafiq Butt said the induction of these fighter jets will further increase efficiency of the Air Force, radio Pakistan reported.

Ambassador of Jordan and senior PAF and Army officers attended the ceremony at an airbase at the city of Sargodha in Punjab province.

Local media said this is the first batch of 13 fighter jets that Pakistan purchased from Jordon.

The inclusion of the 13 jets would take the strength of the PAF F-16s to 76.

Media reports indicated the PAF had agreed to purchase an entire squadron from Jordan, consisting of 12 A models and one B model.

According to one news report, the jets "were in good condition since they had attained Mid-Life Update (MLU) and they would be providing service for another 20 years with almost 3,000 hours on average available to them for flying."

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