3/28/2005

The White House has approved the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16s to Pakistan. The sale of at least 24 fighter jets to Pakistan will keep the plane's production line open; the company had said it needed to book more orders by this fall to keep the line running. A Lockheed spokesman said the company has not been notified of the U.S.'s agreement with Pakistan. The White House also plans to make some weapons systems available to India. However, Indian analysts are concerned that the sale of fighter jets to Pakistan could destabilize the region.

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