Pakistan Air Force

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Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force

Mission

To provide, in synergy with other services, the most efficient, assured and cost-effective aerial Defence of Pakistan.

Values

Integrity, Duty, Excellence

Vision

To be the most respected Air Force in the world.

Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force

INTRODUCTION

PAF was born on 14th of August 1947, with the independence of Pakistan. The growth of PAF is a story of unusual struggle and sacrifice. A tiny auxiliary Service, with a small number of personnel and insignificant equipment, emerging as a powerful weapon of the country’s defense, was a thrilling phenomenon. The dedication of its pioneers shaped the future of a force, destined to gain respect, after proving its worth in the wars of 1965 and 1971, where it outclassed a much larger enemy, India. The story of PAF is a tale of development, despite heavy odds and limitations. It is the narration of a nation’s desire, for preserving its freedom, through the use of technology and willpower, working side by side.

Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force

Starting Journey

PAF made a humble beginning with two fighters and one transport Squadrons, a negligible infrastructure, non-existent command structure, and almost nil maintenance facilities. All it had was the courage and determination of a handful of its personnel, who left no stone unturned, in shaping PAF into the Air Force of today.

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ISLAMABAD: December 19 – A view of first air-to-air refueller aircraft of Pakistan Air Force arrives in Pakistan. APP

Modernization Programme

The modernization programme was taken up by PAF in 1952 paid dividends in times to come. In a phased programme, the ‘Halifax’, ‘Tempest’, ‘Attacker’, ‘Tiger Moth’, ‘Viking’, ‘Dakota’ and ‘Fury’ aircraft were progressively retired. With American, French and Chinese acquisitions, the PAF started flying F-86s, B-57s, F-104 Starfighters, F-6s, and Mirages. This modernization programme started with the induction of F-86 Sabre, which changed the whole system of training, maintenance, and operations. Air Power, was thus a major player in 1965 war, where the role played by both rival Air Forces, directly influenced outcome of the conflict. Particularly for the PAF, 1965 war brought out its fighting spirit, and implanted a culture of devotion and sacrifice. Six years later, PAF once again met the call of duty for the defense of the motherland. During 1971, separation of East Pakistan was a serious blow to the country. However, PAF fought valiantly on both fronts and sacrificed blood for the honor of the country.

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Maintenance officers from the Pakistan Air Force oversee an early morning launch of their F-16s during Red Flag 10-4 at Nellis on July 26, 2010. The U.S. Air Force is hosting approximately 100 Pakistan Air Force pilots and support personnel at the world’s premier large force employment and integration exercise July 17-31 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the PAFÕs first time participating in the Red Flag exercise.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Lawrence Crespo)

Recent Developments

Today PAF has 20 fighter Squadrons, an automated network of Air Defence Radars, complex maintenance facilities and an elaborate administration setup. In order to accomplish its mission in war, and to train for it in peacetime, PAF has evolved an adaptable and responsive organization.

 

Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Air Force

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