By NewsGram Staff Writer
US military has given weapons worth $5.4 billion to Pakistan since 2001, a US report said.
The report declared that the US has also provided Pakistan with many other programmes, constituting major expenses; which are said to be suited to conventional warfare. Congressional Research Service (CRS) for lawmakers has stated in a report that the sales of F- 16 combat aircraft and the equipment related to it account for nearly half of the foreign military sales agreements made with Pakistan. It further stated that in terms of dollar value, these purchases have been made using Pakistani national funds, which in recent times have been completely veiled by the grants provided by the US. These funds are usually employed to purchase US military equipment for long-term modernization efforts. Pakistan has also been provided with US defence supplies as Excess Defence Articles (EDA).
The CRS report stated that the US has provided 4 Mi-17 multirole helicopters (another 6 were provided temporarily at no cost), 4 King Air 350 surveillance aircraft, 450 vehicles for the Frontier Corps and 20 Buffalo explosives detection and disposal vehicles for counterinsurgency operations.
Although the US has provided Pakistan with these warfare equipment reportedly for counter- terrorists operations, India is apprehensive of such sales as it believes that Islamabad may eventually use them against India.
In April 2015, the US State Department had approved a possible $952 million Foreign Military Financing (FMF) deal with Pakistan for 15 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and 1,000 Hellfire II missiles, along with helicopter engines, avionics, training, and support. It has, reportedly, also funded and provided training for more than 2,000 Pakistani military officers through International Military Education and Training and other programs.