Sohail Aman, air chief marshal and head of Pakistanâ€™s air force, has said that Pakistan is in discussions with the U.S. government to buy new F-16 planes as replacements for older generation aircraft by 2020, Defense News reported Wednesday.
Usman Ansari writes Aman said at an event that â€œit may take some timeâ€ before the two countries reach a deal over the procurement of new fighter jets.
Amanâ€™s statement comes after reports in October 2015 that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz SharifÂ would pay a visit to Washington in order to persuade the U.S. to allow the sale of eight more F-16 jets to Pakistan amid Indiaâ€™s lobbying efforts in Congress.
Brian Cloughley, an author and former Australian defense attache to Islamabad,Â Pakistan, told the publication heÂ believes such a sale could push through.
“The India lobby in Congress is quite powerful and might help to block such sales to Pakistan, but the defense production lobby is much more influential,â€Â Cloughley noted.
Kestrel represents F-16 aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin in Pakistan.