PAF’s Shahbaz Air Base in 2012

PAF Air Base (AB) Shahbaz, Jacobabad is the new home of F-16s. The air base was expanded in late 2009/early2010 to accommodate the newly procured F-16 Block52 aircraft. Today Shahbaz AB has an operational F-16 C/D Block-52 squadron and a Mi-171 Search And Rescue (SAR) squadron.  The F-16  A/B Block-15 aircraft which are undergoing Mid Life Update (MLU) are also placed at Shahbaz.

Officers of the No.39th Wing at Shahbaz AB  along with their aircraft.

Officers of the No.39th Wing at Shahbaz AB along with their aircraft.

Falcons engineering team with F-16 Block-52 and F-16 Mid Life Update (MLU) aircraft.

Falcons engineering team with F-16 Block-52 and F-16 Mid Life Update (MLU) aircraft.

No.5 Multi Role Sqn operates 18 F-16C/D Block-52 aircraft.

No.5 Multi Role Sqn operates 18 F-16C/D Block-52 aircraft.

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PAF is modernizing its fleet of 45 F-16 A/B Block-15 to Block50 standard with the help of Turkish Aircraft Industries (TAI), Turkey. Seen above is one of the five F-16 MLU currently operated by PAF. Later this year, four more F-16 MLU are scheduled to be delivered to PAF. F-16 MLU has AN/APG-68 V(9) Multimode radar which gives its “six on six” pylon AIM-120 AMRAAM carrying capability.

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11 Responses to PAF’s Shahbaz Air Base in 2012

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  2. a says:

    a new sqdn will be raised based on mlu f-16 basically the 14 extra delivered at this base, 45 f16 mlu should be enough to raise one additonal same ,behind 9 and 11, replacing some of the old a/c such as 14 or 2 sqdn f7s.

  3. Ajmal Mehmood says:

    Pakistan airforce made a good decision of upgrading f16s at turkey that us less chances of getting halted in case of poor relations with uncle Sam.

  4. salman says:

    can any one tell me how many f-16s block 52 pakistan receives from USA

  5. What a tremendous Job PAF has done. It’s Extremely appreciable. This is the result of Excellent planing, decision-making, Total Dedication, Visionary Leadership to coup up with present and future challenges faced by nation by inducting Advanced Fighter and supporting systems. Proud of PAF Shaheens for the Extraordinary skills, tactics, and experience. PAF has always match numbers with Quality Training, Quality Equipments. Inductions in pipeline will soon give PAF a definite edge over it’s rival. Nation wants to see JF-17 Thunder Block II in the skies of Pakistan soon.

    • Deepan says:

      DrCockroach disse:Li em algum lugar que p/ o MMRCA Indiano a LM estah desenvolvendo uma sonda de reasmbteciaento retractable p/ o F-16 similar ao Gripen.E sobre o supercruise? Qual seria a configuracao e velocidade?[]s!P.S.: O Gripen India site diz que o proximo objetivo do Gripen NG eh supercruise at Mach 1.3 40,000 feet. (hoje eh Mach 1.2 28,000).PPS: Me parece muito interessante comparar o F-16 com o Gripen.

  6. Shahbaz air base is Excellent and upgraded air base. I wish other bases should also look like this renovated, beautiful, expanded, upgraded integration of command and control and air defence.

  7. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL AIR BASE IS THIS…..!

  8. JF-17 says:

    That’s a great looking airbase and awesome pics of F-16s!

  9. akbar85 says:

    I have been reading out many of your articles and it’s pretty nice stuff. keep rocking.

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