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  • Pakistan air force closes highway for "routine" drill amid India tension

    09/22/2016 10:15:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 22, 2016 | Kay Johnson
    Pakistan's air force closed a major highway on Thursday to let it practice landing jets on the road, in what it said was routine training not related to heightened tension with India after a deadly attack in the disputed Kashmir region. The attack in the frontier town of Uri - the latest in a decades-long dispute over Kashmir, claimed and held in part by both India and Pakistan - has raised new fears of military conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours. India has accused Pakistan of being behind Sunday's attack on an army base that killed 18 soldiers in the Indian-controlled...
  • INTERVIEW-Pakistan wants air force upgrade for prolonged militant fight

    04/07/2016 6:49:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 Apr 2016 | John Irish
    PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Pakistan wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against Islamist militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, a senior air force official said. U.S. ally Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is fighting a Taliban insurgency in its northwest, a separatist insurgency along its Iranian border in the west, and has a heavily militarised and disputed border with arch rival India in the east. In 2014, the military launched a crackdown in the northwestern areas of North and South...
  • Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war

    06/16/2013 1:03:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 Jun 2013
    Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war Her olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province's historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade. There are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. "I don't feel any different. We do the same activities,...
  • Sorry, shot your dad’s plane: Pakistani pilot tells Indian woman

    08/10/2011 6:12:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    First Post ^ | 10/08/2011
    Sorry, shot your dad’s plane: Pakistani pilot tells Indian woman Islamabad: Burdened with the guilt of shooting down an Indian civilian plane 46 years ago that killed the then Gujarat chief minister and seven others, a retired Pakistani fighter pilot offered his condolences to the bereaved daughter of the Indian pilot and called the act a compulsion in the line of duty during the 1965 war. Qais Hussain was a rookie Flying Officer during the 1965 war when he shot down the Beechcraft piloted by distinguished ex-Indian Air Force pilot Jehangir Engineer. Besides Engineer and the then Gujarat Chief Minister...
  • MUST READ: Tell-all interview with Pakistan Viper pilot

    06/06/2011 8:24:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight Global ^ | June 6, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    MUST READ: Tell-all interview with Pakistan Viper pilot By Stephen Trimble A special feature posted on the PAF Falcons web site provides a fascinating transcript of a one-on-one interview with an anonymous, although apparently very senior, Pakistani Air Force F-16 pilot. It reminds me of YouTube Terry's infamous indiscretions. The Pakistani pilot manages to embarrass the pride of the Royal Air Force, candidly describe Israeli air-to-air prowess and explain how the US keeps the F-16 Block 52's secrets away from the Pakistanis and -- by extension -- the Chinese. On the RAF Typhoon: On one occasion - in one of...
  • Pakistan plans to buy more F-16s

    03/10/2011 7:30:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Dawn, Pakistan ^ | 03/10/2011 | Anwar Iqbal
    Pakistan plans to buy more F-16s By Anwar Iqbal | From the Newspaper WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to purchase used F-16 fighter jets from the United States to enhance its air capabilities, diplomatic sources told. “We will take as many as they are willing to give,” said a diplomatic source when asked how many of these aircraft Pakistan was seeking. In 2006, the US Congress agreed to give Pakistan 28 F-16C/Ds under its EDA or excess defence articles initiative. Fourteen of these aircraft have already been delivered. These are the same that Pakistan purchased from the United States in the...
  • Pakistan Air Chief Outlines Procurement Plans (wants more F-16s)

    03/01/2011 7:22:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Mar 1, 2011 | Leithen Francis
    Pakistan Air Chief Outlines Procurement Plans Mar 1, 2011 By Leithen Francis MELBOURNE, Australia — Pakistan is in negotiations with the U.S. to get more Lockheed Martin F-16s over and above what it already has on order, while at the same time it develops its defense manufacturing capability to reduce its reliance on the U.S. “We have plans to have more F-16s and are negotiating with the U.S. government for more,” says Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, the Pakistani air force chief of air staff. Rao spoke to Aviation Week here, where he was attending an air chiefs’ conference....
  • Pakistan bridges technology gap with India

    01/30/2011 5:10:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Express Buzz, India ^ | 30 Jan 2011 | Gautam Datt
    Pakistan bridges technology gap with India Gautam Datt Express News Service First Published : 30 Jan 2011 NEWDELHI: In 2009 when the first of the three Russian-Israeli spy planes arrived in New Delhi, it was viewed as the Indian Air Force’s big technological leap leaving adeversaries like Pakistan behind. Two years down the line, Pakistan has knocked much of this technology gap off with help from China by adding planes that can peep inside Indian border and thwart aerial strikes. IAF bosses now admit that it was time to redraw its plans regarding acquistion of more Airborne Early Warning and...
  • Turkey to upgrade PAF F-16s

    12/10/2010 8:56:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Nation, Pakistan ^ | December 11, 2010 | Maqbool Malik
    Turkey to upgrade PAF F-16s By: Maqbool Malik ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has opted for Turkish Aerospace Industrial Complex ‘TAI’ for the Mid Life Upgrade (MLU) of its F-16A/B aircraft fleet in a bid to enhance its operational capability. Well-placed defence sources told The Nation on Friday that Pakistan and Turkey signed an agreement in this regard last week and the multimillion dollars project would begin soon. Sources said that Pakistan has opted for ‘TAI’ - the Ankara-based Turkish aerospace industrial complex - just for the cost-effectiveness after its lengthy negotiations with the US manufacturers failed to bear...
  • 'Chinese AWACS will revolutionise air defence'(Pakistan)

    11/21/2010 5:24:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Press Trust of India (PTI) ^ | Nov 21,2010 | Rezaul H Laskar
    'Chinese AWACS will revolutionise air defence' Rezaul H Laskar Islamabad, Nov 21 (PTI) The induction of Chinese-made airborne warning and control system aircraft in the Pakistan Air Force beginning next year will bring about a "revolution" in air defence operations, the air force chief said today. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, currently on a visit to China, told state-run APP news agency that his force has plans to induct four Shaanxi ZDK-03 AWACS aircraft in its inventory. Suleman recently attended the roll out ceremony in Hanzhong for the first ZDK-03 aircraft designed specifically for PAF. He said countries without...
  • 'US arms aid reducing technological gap between IAF, PAF'

    10/01/2010 6:21:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agencies ^ | Oct 01 2010
    'US arms aid reducing technological gap between IAF, PAF' New Delhi: Terming US arms aid to Pakistan as a challenge, India on Friday said the latest F-16s, missiles and munition being supplied to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) could "reduce the technological gap" with the IAF. "It (US arms aid) is certainly a challenge, no doubt about that," IAF's Western Air Command chief Air Marshal N A K Browne told a press conference here. "Earlier the difference of assets was a certain amount. But their acquisitions have seen to have reduced (the gap) between the PAF and IAF in terms of...
  • F-16s can be used against any adversary: PAF chief

    06/28/2010 1:49:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Dawn, Pakistan ^ | 28 Jun, 2010 | Iftikhar A. Khan
    F-16s can be used against any adversary: PAF chief By Iftikhar A. Khan Monday, 28 Jun, 2010 SHAHBAZ AIR BASE (Jacobabad): The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, has said there is no restriction on the use of newly-acquired F-16 combat aircraft against any adversary. “Our mission is to maintain peace in the region with honour, but if the primary effort fails we will use all our assets, including these aircraft, to defend our country against any internal or external threats,” he said. The air chief was talking to reporters at the newly upgraded Shahbaz...
  • First Squadron of JF-17 Thunder inducted in PAF

    02/19/2010 12:02:48 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 887+ views
    Associated Press of Pakistan ^ | 2/18/2010 | Associated Press of Pakistan
    Another major milestone was achieved when the first Squadron of JF-17 Thunder formally joined fighter aircraft fleet of Pakistan Air Force on Thursday.A ceremony for the formal induction of JF-17 Thunder aircraft was held at one of the PAF’s operational bases. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was chief guest on the occasion. The Chief of the Air Staff addressing the Airmen congratulated the nation and the PAF personnel on the momentous occasion. “The formal induction of JF-17 aircraft in the PAF is in line with our resolve to face all challenges...
  • A nation takes off (Pakistani bragging alert)

    01/31/2010 11:34:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Dawn, Pakistan ^ | 01 Feb, 2010 | Huma Yusuf
    A nation takes off By Huma Yusuf Monday, 01 Feb, 2010 | 10:42 AM PST | Pakistani history can be charted through flights that have landed, crashed, shot down or hijacked on this nation’s tarmac. Urban theorist Michel de Certeau famously wrote that the only way to “see” New York City was from the 110th floor of the World Trade Center. At the city’s summit, lifted away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, traffic, and street corners, one can start to make sense of the city’s complexities, he argued. From a bird’s eye view, the city becomes readable,...
  • Pak Air Force staff court martialed for terror links

    06/24/2009 10:47:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 410+ views
    CIRCLING THE LIONS DEN ^ | Posted by Nick Fielding at 17:08 | WEDNESDAY, 24 JUNE 2009
    SNIPPET: "At least one fugitive is still at large and his photos have been posted up around military bases. No details about the nature of the links or the offences that resulted in death sentences. Interesting to note that most of those names were connected to air force transport. Missile transporter staff?"
  • Pakistan to get 100 fighter jets from China, US

    09/07/2008 9:59:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 881+ views
    Press Trust Of India ^ | September 7,2008
    Pak to get 100 fighter jets from China, US Islamabad, Sept 7 (PTI) Pakistan will acquire over 100 fighter jets from China and the US as well as airborne warning and air-to-air refuelling aircraft to maintain numerical parity with the Indian Air Force which enjoys a "qualitative advantage", the country's air force chief has said. Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed said the Pakistan Air Force was "very close" to signing a contract with China for serial production of 42 JF-17 fighter jets. It would also acquire two squadrons or 36 of the FC-20 multi-role fighters from China and 18...
  • Can’t hit India?Pakistan shy of downgraded F-16s!!

    09/13/2006 3:33:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 1,641+ views
    The Telegraph,India ^ | Tuesday, September 12, 2006 | IMTIAZ GUL
    Can’t hit India? No use for Pak - Islamabad shy of F-16 minus Mirage-buster IMTIAZ GUL Islamabad, Sept. 11: Pakistan’s long-delayed F-16 purchase from the US has stalled again just before the two sides were to ink the deal as Islamabad has realised that the jets would be useless in combat with the Indian Mirage 2000. Pakistan was to sign what is called a letter of acceptance with the US to buy at least 18 new F-16 multi-role combat aircraft. But Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officials informed General Pervez Musharraf a week ago that the aircraft did not have the...