*Says deal worth around $75 million
* Project to start in Oct 2010, take 46 months (Adds details, background)
ANKARA, June 29 (Reuters) - Turkish defence company Tusas said on Monday it would modernise 42 of Pakistan’s F-16 jet fleet in a deal it said would be worth around $75 million.
The project will begin in Oct 2010 in Tusas facilities and will take 46 months, the company said in a written statement sent to Reuters.
Tusas has modernised Jordan’s F-16 fighters in a deal signed in 2006.
NATO member Turkey and Pakistan have close military and strategic ties.
Tusas signed a $500 million agreement with Airbus EAD.PA to produce parts for A350 planes. (Reporting by Zerin Elci; Editing by Hans Peters)