Pakistan Air Force

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Pakistan Air Force

Country Pakistan
Armed forces Pakistan Army
Military organizational area air force
Strength 70,000
Location Islamabad
Nickname PAF
Butcher First Indo-Pakistani War , Second Indo-Pakistani War ,
Chief of Air Staff Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan
Air Chief Marshall Air Chief Marshall Anwar Shamim
Aircraft cockade Roundel of Pakistan.svg
National emblem ( vertical stabilizer ) Flag of Pakistan.svg
Falcon DA-20 , Saab 2000 Erieye , ZDK-03 (AEW)
Fighter aircraft /
F-16A / B / C / D , JF-17 , F-7P / PG , Alouette III , Mil Mi-17
Transport aircraft /
Boeing 707 , Airbus A310 , C-130B / E / L , CN-235 , Saab 2000 , Harbin Y-12

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) ( Urdu پاک فِضائیہ, Pāk Fizāʾiyah ) is the air warfare arm of the Pakistani armed forces primarily tasked with the air defense of Pakistan , with a secondary role of air support for the Pakistani army and navy . The Pakistan Air Force has 70,000 personnel. The PAF currently uses 883 missiles. The PAF's job is to ensure an efficient, cost-based defense of Pakistan. The Pakistani Air Force has been involved in many armed conflicts since its inception in 1947 and has given the other armed forces surface support. According to Article 243 of the Pakistani Constitution, authority rests with the President of Pakistan . The Air Force is managed by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), who is appointed by the President after confirmation from the Prime Minister.


Indian intervention in the airspace in 1959

On April 10, 1959, an English Electric Canberra of the Indian Air Force penetrated Pakistan's airspace during an operation. Two PAF F-86s were hired to intercept the Indian Air Force fighter aircraft. A PAF F-86 then fired missiles at the fighter, but it was flying at an altitude of 50,000 feet. The Canberra lost altitude when the second PAF F-86 took command and fired a missile that hit the Canberra and crashed over Rawat near Rawalpindi . This incident marked the first successful air strike by the Pakistani Air Force. The two inmates of the Canberra were arrested by the Pakistani authorities, but were released after a short time.

First Indo-Pakistani War 1965

The PAF fleet at the time consisted of 12 F-104 Starfighters , 120 F-86 Sabers , 20 B-57 Canberra bombers . The Pakistani Air Force stated that it had air sovereignty on the second day of the war. However, the Indian Air Force stated that it had air sovereignty on the second day. Many historians assume that the PAF's first successes can be traced back to the American fighter jets. The Pakistanis contradict this view, however, and assume that the fleet, consisting of MiG-21 , Hawker Hunter and Folland Gnat , were better than the F-86 in terms of performance.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The International Institute of Strategic Studies (Iiss): The Military Balance 2017 ( en ). Routledge, Chapman & Hall, Incorporated, February 14, 2017, ISBN 9781857439007 .
  2. Article 243 . Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  3. ^ History of the Pakistan Air Force 1947–1982 , Pakistan Air Force Book Club, 1982
  4. 1965 was: We achieved air superiority in three days, says Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh (English)