No.27 Sqn “Zarrar” is the youngest combat squadron of PAF made operational on April 19, 2007.
The squadron is equipped with Mirage-VEF and Mirage-IIIDP/Mirage-VDD (Dual seat) ROSE-III aircraft, capable to perform day-night offensive and counter offensive operations. The aircraft are equipped with Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) sensors, Navigation and Attack System (NAS) and Night Vision Goggles capability.
No.27 Sqn has performed in two edition of Exercise Shaheen (Shaheen-I (2011) and Shaheen-III (2014)) with Chinese Air Force and in Exercise Al-Saqoor-II (2011) with Royal Saudi Air Force.
No.27 Sqn Aircraft inventory:
No.27 Sqn aircraft inventory includes mostly Mirage-VEF aircraft procured by PAF in 1996, which later undergone ROSE-III upgrade with the help of Sagem in early 2000s.
Mirage-VEF 96-728 734 745 746 747 748 749 750 752 757 (and few more air frames)
Mirage-VDD 04-001 004
Photos of No.27 Sqn Mirages undergoing routine training flights.
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 vis–à–vis counter strategies, train and plan accordingly in changing threat environment.
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).
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.
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.
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.