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A list of all past and current aircraft in service with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Current aircraftEdit

Combat aircraftEdit

Combat aircraft
Aircraft Entry Role Quantity Total Notes
ChinaPakistan JF-17 Thunder
JF-17 Block 1
JF-17 Block 1
JF-17 Block 1
JF-17 Block 1
JF-17 Block 1
JF-17 Block 1
Pakistan Air Force Pakistan JF-17 Thunder Ramirez-1

2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

MR

2
6
4
6
16
4
8

45
One lost to crash on 14 November 2011.[1][2]

JF-17 Block 1: 2 SBP (small batch production) JF-17 Block 1 aircraft delivered by China in March 2007,[3] 6 more SBP aircraft inducted in March 2008.[4] Agreement signed for co-production of 42 JF-17 Block 1 aircraft between Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) & Chinese firm CATIC in March 2009.[5][6] Two serial production aircraft delivered by China between March and November 2009.[7] Ten aircraft in service as of 23 November 2009.[8] First PAC manufactured JF-17 rolled out and handed over to PAF on 23 November 2009.[8][9] First squadron (No. 26 Black Spiders) made operational in February 2010 with an initial strength of 14 fighters.[10][11] 18 aircraft in service as of March 2011.[12]

Second squadron (No. 16 Black Panthers) made operational in April 2011 with initial strength of 8 JF-17 Block 1 (SBP) aircraft.[13][14] 30 aircraft operational as of May 2011.[12] Two squadrons with 16-18 aircraft each active as of November 2011.[15] "Around" 40 jets in service as of March 2013;[16] 45 JF-17s operational as of October 2013.[17] Third squadron (No. 14 Tail Choppers) planned to be raised in late 2013.[17][18]

50+1 JF-17 (10+1 Block 1, 40 Block 2) aircraft production kits were ordered in May 2011.[12][19] Total 150 ordered as of May 2012.[20] Up to 250 JF-17 fighter jets Planned to be inducted.[21][22] Production of Block 2 version yet to start as of 14 October 2013.[17]

United States F-16 Fighting Falcon F-16A/B Block 15
F-16A/B Block 15 OCU
F-16C/D Block 50/52+
Pakistani F-16

1983
2005
2010

MR

40
14
18

63 [23]
9 attritional losses; 3 in late 1980s, 5 in early 1990s, 1 in 2009.[24]

F-16A/B: Letter of agreement for the purchase of 40 F-16A/B Block 15 (28 F-16A and 12 F-16B) fighters with F100-PW-200 engines signed in December 1981 under Peace Gate I/II contracts and delivered between 1983 and 1987.[25][26] 14 F-16 A/B Block 15 OCU ordered by Pakistan in 2005 & delivered as aid between 2005 to 2008.[19]

Upgrades: All 1980's F-16 aircraft upgraded to Block 15 OCU standard;[25] 32 Falcon STAR kits for original Peace Gate I/II aircraft ordered in 2008,[27] 35 MLU kits ordered from United States in May 2010. 10 more MLU kits ordered in July 2011.[28] 4 F-16A/B Block 15 jets sent to USA for undergoing upgrades to F-16AM/BM Block 15 MLU standard.[29] Two delivered in February 2012.[30] 41 F-16A/B Block 15 aircraft to be upgraded to Block 15 MLU standard (equivalent to F-16C/D Block 50/52) by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) between October 2010 and September 2014 under Peace Drive II program.[30][31] Three modernized F-16AM/BM Block 15 MLU warplanes delivered by TAI to PAF in February 2012.[32] Half of the 41 F-16A/B Block 15 jets were upgraded to Block 15 MLU standard by early October 2013.[17]

F-16C/D: Peace Drive I contract for 12 F-16C and 6 F-16D Block 50/52+ with F100-PW-229 EEP engines, signed 30 September 2006.[33] First batch (two F-16D, one F-16C) landed at PAF Base Shahbaz on 26 June 2010,[34][35] 3 delivered in October, 6 in November and final batch of 6 aircraft delivered in December 2010.[36]

France Dassault Mirage IIIMirage IIIEP / IIIDP
Mirage IIIO / IIIOD
Mirage IIIO ROSE I
Mirage IIIEE / IIIDE
Mirage IIIEL
Mirage IIIRP

PAF Mirage III ROSE alert scramble competition Falcon Air Meet 2010

1968
1968
1990
1990s
1990s
1990s
~1968

MR





Recce

17/3
12
33
22/2
9
15

75 [37]
Five lost to crashes 15 June 1994, 19 March 1995, 15 February 2008, 18 March 2008, and 16 December 2009.[38]

New build: First Dassault Mirage IIIEP delivered in early March 1968[39] and a total of 3 Mirage IIIDP, 18 Mirage IIIEP, 3 Mirage IIIRP delivered in 1968–1971.[citation needed] Ten more Mirage IIIRP were ordered in August 1975 for delivery in 1977 bringing Mirage IIIRP total to 13.[40] Mirage III fleet upgraded with Litton LW-33 nav/attack system and Thomson-CSF HUD under service life extension programme circa November 1982.[41]

Second-hand: 43 Mirage IIIO, 7 Mirage IIIOD from Royal Australian Air Force delivered in 1990, 12 were overhauled and put into service, 33 selected for upgrade after inspection and 5 broken up for spare parts. 22 Mirage IIIEE, 2 Mirage IIIDE from Spanish Air Force delivered in the 1990s. 9 Mirage IIIEL from Lebanese Air Force delivered in 1990s. 40 Mirage IIIE from French Air Force (upgraded by SAGEM) delivered from 1996 onwards.[citation needed] Delivery of used Mirage III/5 from France suspended in 1999 due to Kargil conflict, first batch of 8 delivered in April 1999, next batch of 8 aircraft not delivered until October 1999.[41]

Retrofitted with South African frequency-hopping radios.[42] 33 Mirage IIIO modernised with ROSE I upgrade package in the mid to late 1990s.[citation needed]33 Dassault Mirage III and 34 Mirage 5 aircraft have been modernised under the ROSE (Retrofit Of Strike Element) upgrade programme. Mirage III ROSE fighters specialise in multiple roles including air superiority and strike, while Mirage 5 ROSE fighters specialise in the night-time strike role. Mirage III's are expected to remain in service till 2017.

France Dassault Mirage 5
5PA-2
5PA
5DPA-2
5PA-3
Mirage 5F ROSE II
Mirage 5F ROSE III

JF-17 background Mirage 5 ROSE foreground

1973
~1973
~1973
~1973
~1973
1990s
2000s

FGA


T
FMA


18
28
2
12
20
14

82 [37]
Three lost to crashes 3 May 2011, 19 October 2011, and 11 May 2012.[38][43]

New build: 4 Mirage 5DPA delivered in 1973. 28 Mirage 5PA, 30 Mirage 5PA-2/5PA-3, 2 Mirage 5DPA-2 delivered during 1973–1979.[citation needed] ~26 of 32 Mirage 5PA were delivered by November 1982.[41]

Second hand: 34 Mirage 5F modernised with ROSE upgrade package, 20 ROSE II in late 1990s[citation needed] and 14 ROSE III in early 2000s.[nb 1][41] Retrofitted with South African frequency-hopping radios.[42] Mirage 5 be replaced with JF-17 by 2017.

China Chengdu F-7 Skybolt
F-7P (F-7MP)
FT-7P
F-7PG
FT-7PG

Pakistani Chengdu J-7

1988
1988
~1988
~2002
~2002

INT



120
10
48
8

186 [37]
Eight losses due to crashes 15 December 2007, 29 May 2009, 5 August 2009, 15 August 2011, 25 January 2012, 8 February 2012, 29 May 2012 & 11 July 2013.[38]

Also performs limited CAS and strike duties. First 20 F-7P delivered in August 1988.[44] An improved version of F-7M, the F-7P incorporates a Martin-Baker 10L zero-zero ejection seat, Grifo 7 radar (later upgraded to Grifo 7 mk.2), GEC Avionics HUD and two extra hardpoints (total 5) for provision of up to 4 AIM-9L missiles. 120 F-7P single-seat fighters and 15 FT-7P dual seat models delivered to six squadrons (including Combat Commanders School) during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[45] Retrofitted with South African frequency-hopping radios.[42] Fitted with PK10LZ variant of Martin-Baker Mk. 10 ejection seat.[46][47][48] F-7P to be replaced with JF-17 by 2015.

F-7PG ordered in early 1999 from CHINA.[49] delivery complete by April 2002.[41] FIAR Grifo 7MG radars installed after delivery to Pakistan.[41]

China Chengdu J-10
FC-20

-

MR

-

-
36 FC-20 fighters ordered from China in November 2009 with deliveries to Pakistan expected in 2014-15.[50] In March 2012, talks were held between the two countries to discuss the delivery of the aircraft to Pakistan.[51] In June 2013, it was reported that the procurement was facing problems due to financial constraints.[52]

Training aircraftEdit

Training aircraft
Aircraft Entry Role Quantity Notes
SwedenPakistan MFI-17 Mushshak
MFI-17 Mushshak
PAC Super Mushshak
WaltonAirshowLahore1178
1970s Basic training, communications 149
109
40
115 Mushshak, 30 Super Mushshak in service as of February 1993.[53] Some MFI-17 to be upgraded to Super Mushshak standard according to a November 2004 report.[54]

Six lost to crashes 13 August 2008, 5 March 2009, 12 September 2009, 8 April 2010, 22 December 2010, and 28 June 2011.[38]

ChinaPakistan K-8 Karakorum
K-8
K-8
K-8P
Pakistan airforce K8
1994
1994
2003
~2011
Intermediate jet trainer ~60
6
6
48
6 K-8 powered by Honeywell TFE731 handed over to PAF on 21 September 1994[55] for evaluation.[56] 12 in service as of 2004.[57] 80 K-8P ordered in 2005, 48 delivered as of December 2011.[58] Fitted with PK10LW variant of Martin-Baker Mk. 10 ejection seat.[46]
United States Cessna T-37 Tweet
T-37B
T-37C



Intermediate jet trainer

39
A mix of T-37B, T-37C believed to be in service,[citation needed] 40 T-37B in service as of 2004.[59] 20 refurbished ex-USAF T-37 delivered by end of 2008 to replace older T-37 or provide parts.[60] T-37 to be eventually replaced with K-8P.

One lost to crash 10 July 2008.[38]

Transport aircraftEdit

Transport and aerial refuelling aircraft
Aircraft Service entry Role Quantity Notes
France Airbus A310
A310-300

Pakistan Air Force Airbus A310 Asuspine
2009 VIP transport 1 Previously operated by PIA, handed over to the PAF in November 2009.[61]
United States Boeing 707
707-320
Pakistan Air Force Boeing 707 Wallner
1986 Heavy-lift transport 2 Two freighters transferred from PIA in 1986, first one delivered July 1986. A third aircraft in VVIP transport configuration delivered in 1987.[62] VVIP transport aircraft sold to a private individual in 2008.[63]
United States Cessna Citation V VIP transport 1 One aircraft in service as of 2004.[57]
United StatesGulfstream IV 2004 commander/executive transport roles 4
Template:Country data BRA Embraer Phenom
Phenom 100

Pakistan Air Force Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 Asuspine-1
2009 VIP transport 4 Four ordered, first aircraft delivered in March 2009.[64][65][66]
Soviet Union Ilyushin Il-78
Il-78MK
Ilyushin Il-78 (R10-002)
2009 MRTT 4 Used as MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport). 4 ex-Ukrainian Air Force aircraft, overhauled and painted in PAF colours, ordered from Ukraine.[67][68][69][70] First aircraft delivered 19 December 2009,[71][72] second aircraft delivered in 2010 and final two aircraft delivered in 2011.[73]

Equipped with three-point Russian UPAZ refuelling equipment. Fuel tanks fitted in cargo hold for aerial refueller role can be removed for transport role.[74][75][76][77]

Soviet Union Antonov An-26 Medium-lift transport 1 One aircraft in service as of 2004.[57][78]
United States Beech C-12 Huron Utility aircraft, training 1
United States Lockheed C-130 Hercules
C-130B
C-130E
C-130E (ex-Australian)
C-130 H

Pakistan Air Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules (L-382) Asuspine
1960
1960s

2005
Tactical (theatre) transport



18
5
5
2
6
First 7 C-130B delivered by the U.S. in early 1960s, a further 4 C-130B and 5 C-130E delivered later from Iran, 2 civilian versions (L-100-20) transferred from PIA and 2 more ex-USAF C-130B models. All surviving B and E model aircraft modified with addition of Allison T56-A-15 turboprops and extended fatigue lives by Lockheed-Georgia Co. at Marietta by 1987. At least 25 attritional losses pre-1988 and 10 more in 1988.[79]

Sale of 6 ex-Australian C-130E with wing/engine/avionics upgrades, plus 1 aircraft for spare parts, concluded with U.S. in September 2004.[80] First aircraft delivered October/November 2005. Avionics upgrades for the PAF's entire C-130 fleet also included, upgrades progressing as of 1 May 2009.[81]

During the 1965 war, modifications to enable rear ramp opening at speeds above 150 knots enabled C-130s to be used for night-time bombing of moderately defended targets.

One aircraft retrofitted with SABIR (Special Airborne Mission Installation & Response System) which is a FLIRT System that has Brite Star II and Star Safire III EO/IR sensors (this a 'bolt on system' and is installed in place of the parachute door) This system was extensively used during operation in FATA, for target acquisition and intel.[82]

SpainIndonesia CASA CN-235
CN-235-220

2004 Medium-lift tactical transport 4 First three aircraft are military transport versions, the second aircraft was delivered in early September 2004.[83][84][85] Last of 4 aircraft delivered on 6 June 2005, equipped with VIP interior intended for transporting the PAF Chief of Air Staff.[86]
China Harbin Y-12
Y-12II
1980s Utility 2 One Afghan aircraft put into service after crew fled to Pakistan in mid 1980s.[citation needed] Two aircraft in service as of 2004.[57]
Sweden Saab 2000

Pakistan Air Force Saab 2000 Asuspine
2008 VIP transport, training 1 Will also be used to train aircrew for the Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C. Delivered in December 2008.

HelicoptersEdit

Helicopters
Aircraft Service entry Role Quantity Comments
Soviet Union Mil Mi-17
Mi-171

Pakistan Army Mil Mi-17 Asuspine-1
2002 SAR, transport 45 First batch of Mi-171 purchased for PAF and Pakistan Army Aviation Wing from Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in 2001,[87] second hand inducted by the PAF in 2002, after PLA used it.[88][89]
France Alouette III
SA-3160
SA-316B
SA-319B
|
US Navy 110928-N-QL471-036 A Pakistan navy SA-319B Alouette III helicopter is chocked aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)
2005 Utility, SAR 95
7
4
4
SA319B was locally produced.[90]

Special mission aircraftEdit

Special mission aircraft
Aircraft Service entry Role Quantity Notes
France Dassault Falcon 20
DA-20
Pakistan Air Force No 24 Blinders Squadron Falcon DA-20 left side1
(EW variant)
~1987 ESM, ECM 3 Operated by No. 24 Blinders Squadron which was revived in 1987 following induction of DA-20. Participated during PAF exercises in both airborne early warning and ECM roles.[citation needed] First participated in a PAF exercise, in the ESM and ECM role, during Exercise High Mark 89 (14 November to 23 December 1989).[citation needed] Also used for ESM/ECM support during Saffron Bandit exercises of 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999.[citation needed]

Third aircraft delivered March 2008. Original two aircraft flown to France for upgrade and structural overhaul during 2004–2007, which were delivered in 2010. One Falcon 20 used for VIP transport in 1983,mostly for Bhutto family[91] three Falcon 20E for VIP transport in 1986.

Sweden Saab 2000 Erieye
Erieye Horizon

Saab 2000 Erieye
~2011 AEW&C 3 Selected in 2005 and developed for the PAF under Project Horizon,[92] initial order of 6 aircraft[92] later reduced to 4.[93] First aircraft delivered on 8 December 2009,[94][95][96] second in April 2011, which was followed by two others. One Saab 2000 Erieye destroyed by militants in Kamra Airbase attack in August 2012.[97]

First aircraft flown to Grenada, Spain, in 2008 for flutter testing in hot and high conditions for 2 weeks.[98] Underwent final testing of aircraft and systems (including radar, command and control systems, defensive aids systems, communication systems and integration with PAF Command and Control Ground Environment) in Sweden in late October 2009.[99][100]

China Shaanxi ZDK-03
Y-8F600
2011 AEW&C 2 Four ZDK-03 AEW&C aircraft ordered in December 2008, with Chinese AESA radar mounted on the Shaanxi Y-8F600 platform.[101] First aircraft delivered in November 2011,[102] second in December 2011.[103] Two more aircraft expected to be delivered in 2013.[104]

Unmanned Aerial VehiclesEdit

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Aircraft Service entry Role Quantity Notes
Pakistan Burraq Reconnaissance, strike 0 UAV under development by PAF and NESCOM, armed with laser-guided missiles and laser designator. Reported to be undergoing flight-testing in May 2009.[105]
Pakistan SATUMA Jasoos II
Bravo+
SATUMA Jasoos
2009 Tactical reconnaissance, training 45 Formally inducted in 2009.[106] Telemetry and ground equipment for 3rd batch of UAVs ordered July 2009,[107] 3rd batch delivered August 2009.[108] In use as "primary work horse for UAV Operations and Training Program."[109]
Italy SELEX Galileo Falco
Salon du Bourget 20090619 227
2007/08 Surveillance 25 First production Falco UAV System reported to be ready for delivery to PAF (launch customer) in January 2007.[110] 5 Falco UAV Systems ordered, including 25 Falco UAVs. Formally inducted in 2009,[106] 2 systems (10 UAVs) in service by March 2009.[111] Co-manufacture at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex began in August 2009.[112][113]
China CH-4 Reconnaissance, strike 4 Pakistan purchased several CH-3 drones but those have now upgraded to CH-4. The latest CH-4 can be used for reconnaissance and combat, carries up to four precision-guided bombs, can reach an altitude of eight kilometers, has a range of 3,500 kilometers, and fly for up to 30 hours depending on how heavy a payload it is carrying.[114] A Pakistani news paper also reported that PAF has received 4 CH-4 UAVS from China and a separate squadron will be made for these drones.
United States RQ-7 Shadow
Tactical Reconnaissance 0 3 systems(12 aircraft) on order by PAF.
Pakistan SATUMA Mukhbar Tactical Reconnaissance
Pakistan UQAB-II Reconnaissance Inducted in Pakistani Navy
Pakistan Ababeel Aerial Drone Small Scale Target Drone [115]
Pakistan Baaz Aerial Drone Large Scale Target Drone [115]
Pakistan GIDS Shahpar 2012 Reconnaissance, surveillance 5 Currently in production.[116]

Retired aircraftEdit

Fighter aircraftEdit

Fighter aircraft
Aircraft In service Peak quantity Notes
Nanchang A-5
A-5C (A-5III)
1983—2011 ~55 Used in the attack role but also performed combat air patrol duties.

42 A-5C ordered in May 1982.[41] First batch of 41 aircraft delivered in early 1983 to squadrons No. 7, 16 and 26,[citation needed] formally replaced remaining B-57 Canberra bombers of No. 7 squadron in December 1983.[citation needed] Approximately 100 more aircraft equipping three more squadrons delivered by early 1987. Modified with Western avionics, Martin Baker ejection seats and other new systems, flyaway cost reported to be US$1 million. Number reduced to around 42 aircraft by November 2000.[117] Retirement of the type by 1997 and replacement with upgraded Mirage III/5 was planned during early 1990s but never implemented.[citation needed]

32 modifications made to Q-5IA to make A-5C/A-5III: upgraded avionics with stealth feature, Martin-Baker zero/zero ejection seat, modified hardpoints for compatibility with AIM-9 Sidewinder and other PAF weapons. 3 prototypes built before production. Operated by Nos. 7, 16 and 26 Squadrons.[citation needed] Later modifications by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex include the installation of Pakistani laser altimeters developed in the late 1990s by ATCOP,[118][119] Pakistani Head-Up Display combiner glasses[120] and South African frequency-hopping radios.[42] Fitted with PK10LV version of Martin-Baker Mk. 10 ejection seat.[46][121]

Retired in April 2011 when No. 16 Black Panthers squadron was officially re-equipped with JF-17 multi-role fighter.[13][122]

Shenyang F-6

Pakistan Air Force Model
1965—2002 253 First 2 F-6 arrived at Sargodha Airbase from the Chinese airfield at Hotian on 20 December 1965, aircraft were equipped with VHF radios and Soviet style instruments/equipment.[123][124] Induction started 30 December 1965 with 72 delivered initially, further deliveries bringing total to 253. Replacement by Chengdu F-7P began in late 1980s to mid 1990s. Retired in 2002 when squadrons 17 and 23 were re-equipped with the Chengdu F-7PG.[citation needed]

Around 140 modifications were made to increase effectiveness in interception and close air support roles. Formally retired on 27 March 2002, last flight made over Baluchistan province.[125] Fitted with PKD10 variant of Martin-Baker Mk. 10 ejection seat. FT-6 fitted with PKD10 TR variant.[46]

Initial batch of 60 aircraft delivered free of cost. Modified for carriage of AIM-9B Sidewinder.

North American F-86 Sabre
F-86-F40
Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk 6
1955—1980
1955—~1960s
1966—1980
120
120
~90

F-86F replaced with 90 Canadian-built Sabre Mk 6 procured by Iran in 1966: 10 delivered in April; 20 in May; 20 in June; ~8 in October and 20 in December.[citation needed] A total of 320,185 hours flown by PAF pilots on the F-86.[citation needed] 50 CL-13 Sabre Mk 6 remained[41] before retirement and phasing out in 1980[citation needed][126] due to exhaustion of airframe service life.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
F-104A
F-104B
1961—1972
1961—1972
1961—1972
12
10
2
Deliveries commenced in 1961, retired in late 1972 due to lack of spare parts after US arms embargo.[127]
Supermarine Attacker
De-navalised Attacker F Mk.1
(Type 583 Attacker)
1951—1958 36 "De-navalised" version of the standard Attacker with main modifications being removal of deck-landing hook and wings being "locked down".[128] First delivered in August 1951 to No.11 squadron.[citation needed] The first jet-powered fighter in PAF service. Phased out in 1958.[129]

Type 583 Attacker was a land-based variant powered by the Nene 4 turbojet, 36 built for the PAF.[130]

Hawker Sea Fury
Fury FB 60
Fury T-61
SeaFuryT61 Pakistan 1948
~1950—~1956


~97
~92
5
The PAF's mainstay fighter early 1950s. Dual-seat Fury T-61 model also used for training.[131]
Hawker Tempest
Tempest II
1947—1956 16 Provided to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947. Patrolled the northern areas during first Kashmir war of 1948.[132] Tempest IIs of No.5 Squadron based at MiranShah were used for policing the North Western Frontier region.[133]
Supermarine Spitfire
Spitfire VIII
1947 Flown by No.9 Squadron from August to December 1947.[134]

Bomber aircraftEdit

Bomber aircraft
Aircraft In service Peak quantity Notes
Martin B-57 Canberra
B-57B
B-57C
RB-57F
Pakistan Air Force B-57s
1959—1985
1959—1985
1959—1985
1960s—1985
40
36
2
2
24 B-57B and 2 B-57C delivered to Mauripur Air Base in Karachi in 1959, all B-57B retrofitted with RB-1A all-weather bombing system starting in 1963, some also fitted with underwing hardpoints to facilitate carriage of four extra fuel tanks. Two RB-57F ELINT aircraft delivered in the early 1960s.[135] Some 10–11 B-57s remained,[135] being replaced in a ceremony on 27 December 1983 when No.7 Squadron was formally re-equipped with the Nanchang A-5.[citation needed]

Inducted November 1959. 24 B-57B, 2 B-57C delivered, forming No.7 and No.8 Bomber Squadrons of No.31 Bomber Wing based at Masroor (then known as Mauripur). 2 RB-57F and 2 RB-57B also supplied to No.21 ELINT Squadron. Served in 1965 and 1971 wars, retired in 1988, 4 preserved in Pakistan and 6 dumped at Masroor.[citation needed]

Harbin H-5 16 Chinese-built version of the Ilyushin Il-28. 16 aircraft[41] (1 squadron) believed to be in service during early 1970s.[41]
Handley Page Halifax
HP-57 Halifax
Halifax B-VI
1948—1954
1948
1949
8
2
6
First two Halifax delivered in 1948, used during 1948 Kashmir War for night-time supply drop missions at Skardu and other northern areas of Pakistan. 6 ex-RAF Halifax B-VI delivered in 1949, equipping No.12 Heavy Bomber Squadron raised in March 1950. Squadron converted to a composite squadron of four flights, including one flight of Halifax bombers, in September 1953. Halifax aircraft transferred to long-term storage in 1954 and then disposed of as salvage.[citation needed]

Served with No.12 Squadron, supported troops with supply drop sorties during first Kashmir war of 1948.[136]

Training aircraftEdit

Training aircraft
Aircraft In service Peak quantity Notes
China Shenyang FT-5
FT-5
1975-2012 10 10 aircraft in service as of 2011.[80] Retired in January, 2012. Replaced by K-8P Karakorum advanced jet trainer.[137]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI
Shenyang FT-2
1960s 6 Chinese-built version of MiG-15UTI. 3–4 aircraft delivered in 1960s for final operational conversion of pilots to the Shenyang F-5.[138]

6 aircraft in service during 1993,[139] 1995.[140]

Lockheed T-33
T-33A
RT-33A
1955—1993


21
15
6
First 15 delivered 1955—1956, replacing Hawker Tempest and Hawker Fury of No.2 (Fighter Conversion) squadron at Mauripur to fulfil advanced (jet) trainer role. Performed ground-attack duties against forward area Indian targets in 1965 and 1971 wars.[141][citation needed] Replaced with Shenyang FT-5.[citation needed][142]

15 T-33A, 6 RT-33A received during 1955–56 under the US military assistance programme, equipped No. 2 Fighter Conversion Unit and a tactical reconnaissance flight, the latter becoming No. 20 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in 1959. No.20 Squadron was number-plated in 1972, its RT-33s and other photographic equipment transferred back to No. 2 Squadron to form a recce flight. T-33 and RT-33 used for ground attack and photo recce duties in 1965 and 1971 wars against forward Indian targets. 1 T-33 lost when East Pakistani instructor pilot attempted to hijack it to India, trainee Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas forced it to crash. T-33 retired from PAF service in 1993. 6 T-33 airframes preserved, including 3 RT-33A.[citation needed]

North American T-6 Harvard
T-6G
1947—1970s 12 Provided to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947. Replaced with MFI-17B Mushshak by 1980.[143][144]
de Havilland Tiger Moth

Pakistan Air Force PAF Museum Tiger Moth 1
1947— 7 Provided to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947.

Transport aircraftEdit

Transport aircraft
Aircraft In service Peak quantity Notes
Hawker Siddeley Trident
Trident 1E
1967— 1 VIP transport, delivered to No.12 Squadron on August 1967.[145]
SA-16 Albatross
SA-16A
1950s—~1981 4 Deployed at Drigh Road (now Faisal) Airbase, Karachi, during mid-1950s as part of the Search and Rescue Flight. Also used for coastal patrol and maritime reconnaissance during 1965 war.[146] Under control of Pakistan Navy, 4 present in October 1980,[41] possibly retired by August 1981.[147]
Bristol Freighter ~1950—1966 81 Purchased in early 1950s, 81 delivered, used for transport and communications. Phased out 1966 and replaced with C-130.[148] Freighters of No.12 VIP Squadron were painted silver with a blue fuselage line and green propeller spinners; No.6 Squadron aircraft were painted with camouflage patterns and red spinners; the Transport Conversion Squadron aircraft had brown spinners.[149]
Vickers Viking 1947—~1962 1 Inducted 1947, joined two Dakotas and two Harvards of Pakistan's first communications flight at Mauripur (now Masroor) airfield. Used exclusively to transport Governor General Muhammad Ali Jinnah, now preserved in the PAF Museum.[150]
Douglas Dakota 1947—1955 2 Transferred to Pakistan on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force, 14 August 1947. Used to start the crucial Valley Flights to Pakistani Outposts in Azad Kashmir, retired from PAF service in 1955.[151]

HelicoptersEdit

Helicopters
Aircraft In service Peak quantity Notes
Sikorsky H-19
H-19D
1950s—1971 8 First helicopter operated by the PAF, 8 received in the mid-1950s and used for search and rescue operations at certain PAF bases. Phased out in 1971.[152]
Bell H-13 Sioux ~13 Approximately 13 aircraft in service during mid-1971.[41][153]
Kaman HH-43 Huskie
HH-43B
4 [154] 4 in service in June 1972[41] and November 1993.[139]

NotesEdit

  1. Delivery of used Mirage III/5 from France suspended in 1999 due to Kargil conflict, first batch of 8 delivered in April 1999, next batch of 8 aircraft not delivered until October 1999.

ReferencesEdit

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