PAF’s No 5 Squadron gets new F-16s

Published: March 11, 2011
Aside from a 
$3 million loss, the country’s reputation also took a hit. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

Aside from a $3 million loss, the country’s reputation also took a hit. PHOTO: PPI/FILE


One of Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) oldest squadrons, previously equipped with Mirage aircraft, has been re-equipped with newly inducted F-16 C/D Block 52+ aircraft.

A re-equipment ceremony for No 5 Squadron was held at the PAF’s Base Shahbaz in Jacobabad on Thursday. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was chief guest on the occasion. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman also attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony parade, the squadron colour was presented to the squadron commander. Later, a formation of Mirage and F-16 Block 52 aircraft presented a fly-past. In an address at the ceremony, Gen Kayani praised the PAF for its contributions in counter-terrorism operations. “As you know, Pakistan is at war with terrorists, who have disrupted peace and stability in the region and threatened our way of life,” the army chief said. “Pakistan’s armed forces have been battling these elements since 2004. These operations have been conducted through unprecedented close cooperation and support from the PAF. The role of the PAF has been critical.”

Air Chief Marshal Suleman spoke in his speech about the development of the air force. “The first decade of 21 century has seen PAF transforming into a modern and versatile force,” he said. “Our focus has shifted from the traditional threat-based development to development based on capabilities enhancement. Our effort has been to cover the entire spectrum of air warfare to counter all internal as well as external challenges.

“With the induction of Block 52 F-16s, AEW [airborne early warning], aerial re-fuellers and a multilayered air defence system, PAF now has the capability to respond to various threats faced by the nation with efficiency and safety. We have a mission to maintain peace with honour in this volatile region in these uncertain times.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • faraz
    Mar 11, 2011 - 8:50AM

    Thanks to US, our airforce has become stronger than before, now we can take on the drones which are voilating our airspace. Money from US aid, CSF and Kerry Lugar bill should also be diverted towards arms procurement to strenthen our airforce.Recommend

  • Arayan
    Mar 11, 2011 - 9:54AM

    Thanks to Musharaf for his forsight………..Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 11:02AM

    More metal to pound the fellow countrymen, pockets and heads.Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 11, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Go Shaheens!!! Pakistan Air Force.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Mar 11, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Can these new F-16 aircraft shoot down SU-30 of IAF or not at beyond visual range or not ?

    Any expert opinion ?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Mar 11, 2011 - 12:21PM

    Excellent !!!!!!! But these are based at Jacobabad and we are not allowed to use these F-16 against India.These are just against Talibans ( The BEASTS)Recommend

  • Dianuj Nahk Rafaz
    Mar 11, 2011 - 12:25PM

    @Arsalan…India has a better BVR capability then Pakistan since the last decade…Recommend

  • Isotropic Power
    Mar 11, 2011 - 12:26PM

    Can these new F-16 aircraft shoot down SU-30 of IAF or not at beyond visual range or not ?

    Any expert opinion ?


    If F-16’s cannot, JF-17’s can surely do. JF-17 have look down shoot down radars with BVR capabilities. Furthermore, PAF is inducting J-10 Chengdu, a state of the art fighter. Watchout!Recommend

  • Aqeel Ahmed Khan Sherwani
    Mar 11, 2011 - 2:26PM

    @arayan well said, also people should not forget the mega project of H-17 thunder and many more advancements in Defence and other areas. Recommend

  • adnan
    Mar 11, 2011 - 3:16PM

    can these F-16 provide shelter to people who lost their homes in recent flood.can these F-16 provide education to poor children.can these F-16 provide food to hungry people.on one side we are asking for help from world for the flood effectees and on other side we r purchasing F-16.
    Did we ever think that how many schools we could have built with the money spent on buying F-16.How many hospital we could have built with the money spent on buying F-16.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Good luck in the fifth round.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 11:02PM

    i appriciate mr Roa suleman acm, but we should concentrate on jf 17 to make it more capable & should concentrate also on its engin & avionics.
    F16 is not the only salution of threat, we should improve our intelligence gathering also inside the neighbour countries about their bases & infrastructure, runways same like israel in the 1967 ( pre emptive strike on egyption air field at 7:45 am.on 5th june 1967.)
    that was a big achievement for IAF in first arab israel war.

    i hope if some one form pAF will think about this.Recommend

  • hedgefunder
    Mar 13, 2011 - 6:10PM

    PAF should have also asked Uncle Sam for truckloads of books and stationery for the kids who are deprived of basic education, in their quest for these ridiculas grandees!!! just to please some despot generals and their war against terror!!! since when has PAF adapted to using force against the taliban, which was the created by the armed forces, and i was not aware that taliban or bin laden had an airforce !!!
    Look at History and specially to Iran !!! When Shah was ruling , US provided them with all the latest gadgets, however since revolution, the Iranians can not even obtain spares for these expensive toys!!! there is a lesson for pakistan in this!!!!Recommend

    Apr 10, 2011 - 7:26PM

    India has more than 100 Sukhoi 30 MKI lined up in front lie positions .

    We need more sophisticated platforms to defend and successfully thwart any prospective Indian aggression .

    Yes these planes do give Pakistan a better footing as previously they were no BVR capable platforms available with the air force. The F-16’s carry AIM 120 BVR AAM’s.
    These will definitely serve as defense multipliers. Recommend

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