Pakistan to get US arms this year: daily
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Feb 14, IRNA -- Pakistan will start receiving weapons from the United States under a US$ 1.2 billion arms package deal by the end of this year. Dawn newspaper reported on Monday that the production of these weapons which are to be handed over to Pakistan has already started. The package, announced in mid-November, includes eight P-3C Orion naval surveillance aircraft, six Phalanx close in weapons systems and an ammunition complement of 2,000 TOW-2A missiles and 14 TOW-2A Fly-to-Buy missiles. The report said that this was the first major sale of US military hardware to Pakistan since the US lifted sanctions and named Islamabad a major non-NATO ally last year. The US has already announced it would give Pakistan a US$3- billion aid for five years, halved for military purchases and non- military purposes. MHA/TSH/2321/1432 END.
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