The American claim that the proposed sale to Pakistan “will not alter the basic military balance in the region” is correct.
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In a notification to the US Congress last week, the State Department announced what it calls a “foreign military sale" to Pakistan for F-16 “sustainment"—essentially upgrades and maintenance worth $450 million. This proposed sale is ostensibly aimed at “allowing Pakistan to retain interoperability with US and Partner forces in ongoing counterterrorism efforts and in preparation for future contingency operations".
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