The Bush Administration has approved the sale of up to 180-million dollars worth of missiles and related material to Pakistan.
Defense officials said Monday Islamabad will get 20 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 40 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles in the weapons deal. Pakistan, a key ally in the US-declared war on terrorism, plans to use the equipment to modernize its existing missile capability, officials said. US defense officials say the arms sale will upgrade older versions of each missile. They say the arms sale will not tilt the military balance in the region, but will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping improve the security of a friendly country.
In March, President Bush approved the sale of F-16 fighters to Pakistan and also agreed to the sale of multi-role aircraft, including upgraded F-16s and F-18s, to India.