Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to modernise Pakistani F-16s  Ankara, June 29, 2009 –Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), which is Turkey’s center of aerospace, has acquired an international success by signing a contract regarding the modernization of PAF F-16s. Under the program, the financial dimension of which is around 75 million US Dollars, a total of 42 F-16s will be upgraded at TAI’s facilities in 46 months starting from October 2010. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), regarding the start of proposal process of PAF F-16 Modernization Program, was signed between TAI and PAF during IDEAS Defense Exhibition in September 2006 in Karachi, Pakistan. Being invited to the international bid for PAF F-16 Modernization Program, TAI, among other European competitors, was announced as the main contractor of the program following the final evaluation of Pakistan authorities in July 2008. Following the negotiations, which started in 2009 between TAI and Pakistan authorities, and the mutual agreement, the contract was signed between TAI and Pakistan Ministry of Defense Production on June 29, 2009 at a ceremony held in Rawalpindi-Pakistan.

In 2006, as a result of another bidding process, TAI, which had signed an agreement with the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) for the modernization of RJAF F-16s, has successfully completed the program with the delivery of the last aircraft in April 2009. Being among the best companies in the world in the field of F-16 modernization, there is no doubt that TAI will successfully realize PAF F-16 Modernization Program. In recent years, filled with intense competition in the field of defense and aerospace, TAI, which has not only been on the move with its successful programs and effective management, but also become well known in export programs, will continue rising with new programs. 

A Pakistani soldier poses with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher from a bunker in Lower Dir. The Pakistan Taliban has suspended talks with Islamabad as helicopter gunships pounded suspected militant hideouts in the northwest of the country.
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A soldier keeps guard over a bridge in Pakistan's Lower Dir district where troops launched an offensive against militants April 27, 2009.

A Pakistani army gunship helicopter flies in Lower Dir. Pakistan troops backed by war planes launched a new operation in Buner town near the Swat valley Tuesday, as Islamabad intensified its efforts to flush out Taliban militants there.
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Troops of Pakistan's army stand with heavy artillery in the troubled town of Upper Dir, Pakistan where Pakistani security forces are engaged with Taliban militants on Thursday, June 18, 2009. Government officials says suspected U.S. missile strikes have pounded the hide-outs of a Taliban commander in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight people.
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A Pakistani tank during a military operation against militants in Buner district on May 3. A peace deal in Pakistan appeared close to unravelling Monday as deadly fighting raged between soldiers and militants in the northwest, sparking Taliban threats of fierce resistance.

Pakistani troops fire artillery rounds towards the hideouts of Taliban in the Rustam area near the troubled Buner district, April 2009. Pakistan has announced the creation of an Islamic appellate court in its northwest, pushing ahead with a flagging peace deal even as its offensive against Taliban extremists raged.
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Pakistani troops take position in Lower Dir. The Pakistan Taliban has suspended talks with Islamabad as helicopter gunships pounded suspected militant hideouts in the northwest of the country.
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A Pakistani army helicopter flies in the troubled area in Lower Dir. Around 30,000 people in northwest Pakistan have been displaced by a military offensive to flush out Taliban militants, a provincial minister has said.
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A Pakistani soldier takes aim in a hilly area in upper Swat on June 20. Pakistan's army said Monday they were in the final phase of a campaign to crush militants in Swat valley, as clashes intensified with Taliban fighters in the northwest tribal belt.
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Smoke rises from Pakistan's Lower Dir district where troops launched an offensive against militants April 27, 2009. A radical cleric, acting as the Taliban's go-between in Pakistan's restive Swat valley, broke off talks with the government on Monday after a military offensive began in a neighbouring northwest region. Several thousand people began fleeing Lower Dir, residents said, a day after security forces using artillery and helicopter gunships swung into action after being ambushed by the militants.

In addition to modernization of Turkish and Jordanian F-16s, TAI will modernize the F-16s that are in the inventory of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and thus become an important, reliable and preferential center of F-16 modernization.

A Pakistani army tank is transported to the fighting area in the Buner district, about 190 km (118 miles) north west of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, May 18, 2009. Pakistan's army will finish its offensive against Taliban militants in the Swat valley and ensure peace, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Monday as he rallied the support of political parties. REUTERS/Stringer (PAKISTAN POLITICS MILITARY)

Soldiers of Pakistan army get ready to transport a tank in Pakistani tribal area, in Bannu, Pakistan on Friday, June 12, 2009. The military sent jet fighters to bomb suspected militant strongholds in the Bajur tribal region — extending its military operations against the Taliban in the northwest.
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A Pakistani army tank stops during a curfew break in the Dir district, where troops launched an offensive against militants June 8, 2009. Pakistani villagers enraged with the Taliban after the bombing of a mosque battled the militants on Monday, underscoring a shift in public opinion away from the hardline Islamists. The military has been fighting the Taliban in the Swat valley, northwest of the capital, for more than a month after the militants took advantage of a peace pact to conquer new areas.

A tank is driven through a street past damaged shops at Maidan at Lower Dir district, in the Swat region, during a trip organised by the army June 13, 2009.

A Pakistani soldier poses for a photo under Pakistan's national flag planted atop the Baine Baba Ziarat mountain in Swat district, during a trip organized by the army May 22, 2009. Pakistani tribesmen near Swat are raising militias to prevent Taliban from expanding their influence in the region, a senior military commander said on Friday. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed (PAKISTAN MILITARY POLITICS)