Graduation parade of PAF Academy Risalpur; Sept 2014

Yesterday graduation parade of 132 GD (P), 77 Engineering Course, 91 Air Defence Course and Commissioning Parade of 135 GD (P), 81 Engineering Course, 16 A&SD course and 03 Navigation Course was held at PAF Academy Risalpur.

While addressing the graduating parade, the Air Chief said, “With Air Power fast becoming the future Weapon of Choice, you must acquire the ability to be able to accept this role with all its manifestations. Hundred percent commitments would be the minimum requirement for continuous progress of the Pakistan Air Force as a modern Force of the 21st Century. Make a note that, perseverance, diligence and unwavering determination would be name of the game. I therefore, want you to keep in mind what the Quaid said while addressing the PAF personnel at Malir, on 21st February, 1948: “You will have to be alert, very alert, for the time for relaxation is not yet there. With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve”.

A total of 102 Under Training Officers and 13 cadets were graduated whereas 111 cadets were commissioned on the occasion. The Chief Guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and Aviation Cadets and also gave away trophies among the distinction holders.

The chief guest awarded Quaid-e-Azam Banner to No 3 Squadron, the Champion Squadron of the Academy.

Chief of the Air Staff’s Trophy for best performance in Flying Training being awarded to Pilot Officer Danial Abid for overall best performance in flying training.

Chief of the Air Staff’s Trophy for best performance in Flying Training being awarded to Pilot Officer Danial Abid for overall best performance in flying training.

Pilot Officer Haris Salahuddin of 132 GD (P) course being awarded Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Flying Training.

Pilot Officer Haris Salahuddin of 132 GD (P) course being awarded Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Flying Training.

The Chief Guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and Aviation Cadets and also gave away trophies among the distinction holders.

The Chief Guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and Aviation Cadets.

Grroup photo of graduate officers

Group photo of graduate officers

 

Chief Guest ACM Tahir Rafique and senior officers witnessing K-8 'Sherdiles Team aerobatics.

Chief Guest ACM Tahir Rafique and senior officers witnessing K-8 'Sherdiles Team aerobatics.

Chief Guest ACM Tahir Rafique, CAS PAF and senior officers witnessing K-8 ‘Sherdils’ Team aerobatics.

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K-8 Aerobatics team ‘Sherdils’ in action.

 

Indo-Pak 1965 war – Newspapers & international papers accounts

Following is compilation of Newspapers scans & international papers accounts witnessing annihilation of Indian Air Force (IAF) in the hands of well trained Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

1965 war - Newspapers & international papers accounts

Dawn Newspaper, 7 Sept 1965

Dawn Newspaper - 19 Sept, 1965

Dawn Newspaper – 19 Sept, 1965

The Pakistan Times, 24 Sept, 1965

The Pakistan Times, 24 Sept, 1965

Nawa-e-Waqt, 7 Oct 1965

Nawa-e-Waqt, 7 Oct 1965

Dawn Newspaper, 11 Sept 1965

Dawn Newspaper, 11 Sept 1965

General (Retd.) Chuck Yeager (USAF) writes in his book: “Yeager, the Autobiography”.

 “The air war lasted two weeks and the Pakistanis scored athree-to-one kill ratio, knocking out 102 Russian-made Indian jetsand losing thirty-four airplanes of their own. I’m certain about thefigures because I went out several times a day in a chopper andcounted the wrecks below.” “They were really good, aggre

ssivedogfighters and proficient in gunnery and air combat tactics. I wasdamned impressed. Those guys just lived and breathed flying. “

 famous USAF test pilot, on deputation in Pakistan as US Defense Representative. The PAF remains the onlyforeign air force in the world to have received Chuck Yeager’sadmiration – a recommendation which the PAF is proud of.

“As an air defence analyst, I am fully aware that the Pakistan AirForce ranks today as one of the best air forces in the world and thatthe PAF Combat Commanders’ School (CCS) in Sargodha has been rankedas the best GCI/pilot and fighter tactics and weapons school in theworld”. As one senior US defence analyst commented to me in 1991, “itleaves Topgun

(the US Naval Air Station in Miramar, California) far behind”.-

Sergey Vekhov May 1993 issue (pages 46-47) of Airforces Monthly, a reputable UK-based air defence magazine

The PAF, although outnumbered by IAF(Indian Air Force), has at leastone qualitative edge over its rival: Pilot Training. The caliber of Pakistani instructors is acknowledged by numerous air forces, and US Navy pilots considered them to be highly ‘professional’ during exercises flying off the USS Constellation (as co-pilots).

-Jane’s International Defense (June 24, 1998)

 “By all accounts the courage displayed by the Pakistan Air Force pilots is reminiscent of the bravery of the few young and dedicated pilots who saved this country from Nazi invaders in the critical Battle of Britain during the last war.”

Patrick Seale,The Observer, London,September 12, 1965.

“Pakistan claims to have destroyed something like 1/3rd the IndianAir Force, and foreign observers, who are in a position to know say that Pakistani pilots have claimed even higher kills than this; but the Pakistani Air Force are being scrupulously honest in evaluating these claims. They are crediting Pakistan Air Force only thosekillings that can be checked from other sources.”

Roy Meloni,American Broadcasting CorporationSeptember 15, 1965.

The London Daily Mirror reported: “There is a smell of death in theburning Pakistan sun. For it was here that India’s attacking forcescame to a dead stop.

 “During the night they threw in every reinforcement they could find.But wave after wave of attacks were repulsed by the Pakistanis”  “India”, said the London Daily Times, “is being soundly beaten by anation which is outnumbered by four and a half to one in populationand three to one in size of armed forces.”

In Times reporter Louis Karrar wrote: “Who can defeat a nation whichknows how to play hide and seek with death”.

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Shahbaz Falcons – Part 2/2

Pictures from PAF’s No.5 MR Sqn from Shahbaz Air Base, Jacobabad.

Part-1 here

 

F-16D Block52 Pakistan Air Force

F-16D passing by scare crow planted  for flight safety reasons on Shahbaz runway. A part from such conventional scare crows  PAF has also employed sharp shooter men (equipped with rifles) to keep birds away from the air field.

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F-16D Block52 powered by F100-PW-229 turbofan engine capable of producing of 29,100 lb (129.4 kN) thrust on full augmentation.

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F-16D Block52 Pakistan Air Force A No.5 Sqn pilot goes over his checklist prior to takeoff with F-16D block 52. F-16 Block52s are force multiplier platform for PAF and are equipped with array of air-air and air-ground munitions.

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A F-16 pilot gestures ‘Thumbs Up’ to ground crew as he prepares for take off. The pilot is wearing Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System( JHMCS).

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Falcons formation preparing for takeoff from Shahbaz Air Base.

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F-16 Block 52 head on shot, showing Advance Identification of Friend or Foe (AIFF) antennas mounted on the upper forward fuselage in front of the canopy.

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Blast from the past: PAF F-16 Shoot down IAF UAV – 7 June 2002

Exactly 12 years ago, the same day an F-16B Sr# 83-605 from No.9 MultiRole Sqn shot down Indian Air Force Searcher-II UAV near Lahore. The Indian AF UAV was on a spying mission over Lahore. Such mission was of vital importance to Indian AF as both sides were in high tension on border and gathering any information behind enemy lines may have been game changer.

During the Operational Sentinel, which lasted from December 2001 to end October 2002, PAF remained high alert and distributed its fighting elements across various Forward Operating Air Bases (FOBs) and air fields and conducted Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions across Pakistan.

During one similar CAP mission, two IAF UAVs were spotted near Lahore, both bogies took off from airfield in Jammu. Hot scramble was initiated from two locations Rafiqui Air Base, Shorkot and Minhas Air Base, Kamra. In the initial scramble by two Mirages and two F-7s; Searcher-II drones with low-radar and low-visual/IR signal were not spotted. Later an F-16B spotted the low level flying UAV at about at 13,000 ft. Sqn Ldr Zulfiqar Ayub and Sqn Ldr Afzal Aman flying in the F-16 opted for AIM-9L heat seeking missile for the kill. The wreckage fell off at the Dogran Kalan village, South-West of Lahore.

According to ACM Mushaf Ali Mir, CAS PAF’s statement ” The UAV was spotted by the mobile observation units when it crossed into Pakistani territory and was immediately gunned down.” 

Today the wreckage of this UAV is placed outside No.9 Sqn Office and Mushaf Air Base, Sargodha history museum marking a unique encounter of a supersonic fighter aircraft with UAV.

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Wreckage of Indian Air Force UAV placed in a C-130 hangar at PAF base PAF Chakala on 10th June,2002 for press conference.

Wreckage of IAF UAV showing marking of Isreali Aircraft Industries. The UAV was wearing no-marking, and was believed to be put in service with Indian AF in a 'hurry'.

Wreckage of IAF UAV showing marking of Isreali Aircraft Industries. The UAV was wearing no-marking, and was believed to be put in service with Indian AF in a ‘hurry’.

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Wng Cdr(then Sqn Ldr) ‘Sidewinder’ Zulfiqar; the pilot who shot down IAF UAV on that Night.

File photo of F-16B Sr # 83605 parked in shade during an Multi-national Exercise with Turkish Air Force.

File photo of F-16B Sr # 83605 (the aircraft that shot down UAV) seen parked in shade during an Multi-national Exercise with Turkish Air Force.

Exercise Shaheen-III PAF-PLAAF (2014)

Pakistan and China have the long and strong brotherly relationship since more than past six decades. The long-standing ties between the two countries is not just limited to industrial cooperation, but is also seem in form of bilateral defence agreements and sharing joint military strategy.

Recently Exercise Shaheen-III was conducted between PAF and PLAAF at PAF Base Rafiqui. This was third exercise of this series initiated in 2011.  Both air force’s aircraft performed head-to-head in simulated air combat and surface attack missions. Chinese AF team was also complemented by logistics support (including tanker trucks) for  refueling of Chinese fighters.

The particiaption of Chinese J-10 Multirole fighters and J-7C aircraft provided both airforces the oppurtunity to improve specific skills and on Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT). Such exercise help air powers align their challenges visàvis counter strategies, train and plan accordingly in changing threat environment.

Group photo of Exercise Shaheen-III 2014

Group Photo of Exercise Shaheen-III participant pilots and senior officers along with aircraft : Left to Right: Mirage-VEF (25 Sqn), J-7 (PLAAF), J-10 (PLAAF), F-7PG (17Sqn), JF-17 (16 Sqn).

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Exercise completion shield handed over to DCS (Ops) PAF by Chinese counter part.

Pakistani and Chinese pilots group photo during Exercise Shaheen-II 2013, held in China. PLAAF J-10, J-7, JF-7, PAF F-7P and Mirage-IIIEA aircraft participated in the exercise.

Pakistani and Chinese pilots group photo during Exercise Shaheen-II 2013, held in China. PLAAF J-10, J-7, JF-7, PAF F-7P and Mirage-IIIEA aircraft participated in the exercise.

PAF and Chinese pilots in Exercise Shaheen-1 2011

PAF and Chinese pilots in Exercise Shaheen-1 2011 held in March 2011 at PAF Air Base Rafiqui. Seen in the background is SU-27UBK Multirole aircraft, four of such air craft took part in the exercise.

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Shahbaz Falcons – Part 1/2

Pictures of PAF F-16 Block-52 aircraft preparing for Air-Air combat training flight from Shahbaz Air Base.

The aircraft are equipped with AIM-9M Sidewinder missile, AMD pod and Sniper Advance Targeting pod.

Sniper pod is used both for tracking of both air and ground targets.

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Exercise Shaheen-I 2011

Exercise Shaheen-I (meaning “Falcon” in English) was the first version of this joint Pak-China air force exercise held in March 2011 at Rafiqui Air Base, Shorkot Pakistan.

PLAAF contingent comprising SU-27UBK Multirole fighters from 8th flight Academy (also known as “Agressors” ) participated in the exercise. The Exercise covered various air-to-air and air-to-ground combat scenarios. PAF’s Mirage-VEF, F-7PG and JF-17 also participated in Dis-similar Air Combat Training (DACT) missions with PLAAF Sukhois. exercise_shaheen-1_pakistan_air_force_china_plaaf_paf_pilots_01

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More Exercise Pictures Here.

F-16 Block52 induction ceremony fly past

No.5 Sqn ‘Falcons’ Ex-RAAF Mirage IIIDF being escorted by F-16 Block-52 aircraft  during its farewell fly past on 10 March, 2011. The same day; No.5 Sqn was re-equipped with newly inducted state-of-the-art F-16 C/D Block 52+ aircraft. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of the Army Staff, Pakistan Army was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force also attended the ceremony along with other senior civil and military officials.

No. 5 Sqn was raised on August 15, 1947 and it is PAF’s second oldest fighter squadron. Mirage; the delta winged fighter aircraft, was inducted in the unit in 1967 and remained in service for over 43 years. No. 5 Sqn kept flying Mirage-IIIEA/DA/EP/RP and Mirage-VDR variants for years. Keeping so many Mirage types  operational was a difficult task for the engineering team.

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