Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday received three F-16 fighter jets from the United States, the PAF said.

"One F-16 D Block 52 and two F-16 Block 15 MLU (Mid Life Upgrade) aircraft arrived Monday from the U.S. at PAF Base Shahbaz in southern Sindh province," a PAF statement said.

The arrival of last F-16 D Block 52 aircraft marked the completion of delivery of 18 aircraft of this category, it said.

The other two F-16 Block 15 aircraft, which arrived on Monday, were earlier sent to the U.S. for Mid Life Upgrade and have been delivered to PAF on time.

A ceremony was held at PAF Base Shahbaz, which was attended by large number of PAF officials, the statement said.

The F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft is a high tech fighter aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art avionics suite and latest weapons with Night Precision Attack capability, the PAF said.

The aircraft are much superior to the F-16s A/Bs already in the PAF's inventory, experts said.

The sale of F-16s to Pakistan renews aircraft which existed between the United States and Pakistan in the 1980s, but were halted in the 1990s.

The statement did not mention price of the aircraft but local media had earlier quoted a senior official of the PAF as saying that Pakistan had been paying 1.4 billion U.S. dollars for the 18 new aircraft, in addition to 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in upgrades for its existing F-16 fleet.