WikiLeaks on Shahbaz airbase: F-16s flew in, with guaranteed US presence at base

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  1. Hud

    Hud Regular Member

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    According to the cable, “The security notes also mandate a five-year, 24/7 US technology security presence for the F-16s. SAF/IA has determined that when fully in place, the US security presence should consist of 45 US personnel – 40 at Shahbaz (five US military and 35 contractors), and five in Islamabad (two US military, one US Government civilian, two contractors). The estimated cost of the US security presence is $30 million per year, or $150 million for the full five-year period.”
    The F-16 aircraft are subject to security restrictions that the aircraft, armaments, related equipment and technical data need to be housed at a separate air force base which does not have “non-US/non-Pakistani origin personnel and aircraft.” A January 2009 cable explained this further, stating that “there have been other US government concerns about illegal technology transfer relating to Pakistan’s co-production program with the JF-17 Chinese fighter aircraft.”

    WikiLeaks on Shahbaz airbase: F-16s flew in, with guaranteed US presence at base – The Express Tribune

    So every time Pakis have to take F16 for spin then they need to take permission from Papa Sam.
     
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    Dovah Untermensch Senior Member

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    Hope this is the case with J-10s and Uncle Wang too.
     
  4. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Oh boy!! Expect a furore now. F-16s the aan baan and shaan of pak AF cannot fly without clearance from Uncle. Questions will be raised about what will happen in case of an Indo Pak war.
     
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    Lurking on some pacqui fora and reading some wikileaks cables - link. I came across a term called "cryptokeys".

    Apparently, access to higher end avionic/radar functions are allowed only through insertion of special hardware encrypted keys. So, the USA does maintain a kind of "kill switch"

    Good thing we didn't go in for the F16/F18s
     
  6. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    They are shameless country anyways so this wont affect them much.
     
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