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PAF acquires F-16s from Jordan
 
Muhammad Saleh Zaafir - Wednesday, February 19, 2014
 
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has acquired one squadron of F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft from Jordan and 13 F-16s will be inducted into the service next month.
 
With this, the strength of PAF F-16s will reach 76. The fighter aircraft have been purchased from Jordan and they were in the use of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF).
 
The deal has already been finalised and inked by both the countries. The 13 aircraft are of F-16 A/B Block-15 and the PAF has similar aircraft in its fleet which are flying satisfactorily. The deal about 12 A models and one B model aircraft has been authenticated by the manufacturing company and the US government has also given its nod for the sale/purchase of the planes.
 
Well-placed defence sources told The News here the other day that the purchased aircraft were in good condition since they had attained Mid-Life Update (MLU) and they would be providing service for another 20 years with almost 3,000 hours on average available to them for flying.
 
They have been modified into Air Defence Fighters (ADF) versions. The Ogden Air Logistics Centre performed structural upgrades to extend the aircraft life from the designed 4,000 to 8,000 hours flying time as part of the programme. They also modified the aircraft engine bay for the upgraded Pratt and Whitney F100-220E engine. The induction of the planes will give a boost in air power to the PAF that is rendering a remarkable service in the war against terror.
 
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafiq Butt, visited Jordan last year for pursuing the sale of the aircraft. He and officials concerned of the countries had hectic discussion about the sale/purchase and delivery deal.
 
The sources have declined to give the details of the amount involved in the deal but they have claimed that it has been transparent and it would be made public next month just before the delivery of the F-16s.
 
However, it is understood that the used planes are cost-effective and could provide service for a fairly longer period of time. Pakistan is also contemplating to acquire more used planes for the PAF from some other countries while the induction of JF-17 Thunder aircraft, co-production of Pakistan and China, e is also underway simultaneously, the sources said.
 
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US to upgrade Pakistan C-130 fleet
 
March 13, 2014, 3:12 pm

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ISLAMABAD- US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for a C-130 Fleet Upgrade Programme.

It will facilitate the continued operation of the Pakistan's Air Force C-130 fleet for counter-terrorism flights, regional humanitarian operations, troop transport; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions within Pakistan and in the region.

It said the proposed sale of equipment and logistical as well as training support will help improve the security of Pakistan.

 

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/13-Mar-2014/us-to-upgrade-pakistan-c-130-fleet

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F-16 Block 15 A/B join Pakistan Air Force

Operational Base April 27 (APP): Pakistan Air Force Sunday attained another milestone in enhancing air defence of the country when F-16 fighter jets landed at operational base here. Purchased at a fractional cost from brotherly country Jordan, the F-16 fighter jets are Block-15 A and B models. The addition of these fighter planes in PAF have not only completed the squad, but further enhanced national defence as well as capabilities of aerial defenders. A simple but impressive ceremony in this regard held Sunday at an operational base where Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt was the chief guest. Ambassador of Jordan in Pakistan Nawaf Khalifa Sareh and other senior military officials also witnessed the historic event. Students clad in traditional dresses presented the national songs on the occasion which were highly appreciated by the audience. It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan and Jordan inked a final MoU in February this year, according to which 1st squadron of F-16 completed today. Rest of the jets will be added in to PAF in near future. APP/ Hamza/Ihsan

 

http://app.com.pk/video/preview.php?id=76078

 

 

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Chinese contingent arrives in Pakistan for joint air drill

 

 

ISLAMABAD, May 5 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese air force contingent arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a joint drill.

The drill, code-named "Shaheen (Eagle)-3," will be held at the Rafiqui air base in the northeastern province of Punjab.

The joint training, part of the exchange and cooperation programs between the two air forces, is expected to strengthen the friendly and cooperative relationship, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The first such drill was held in Pakistan in March 2011, and the second in China's western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last August.

 

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-05/05/c_133311444.htm

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MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: Defense Dept. Contracts for May 12, 2014

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $7,253,896 modification (P00068) to FA8615-07-C-6032 for F-16 production contracts. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $430,377,045. This modification incorporates a solution to solve a radar interoperability issue affecting F-16 aircraft produced for Pakistan and Thailand under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2016. The contract supports 100 percent foreign military sales for Thailand and Pakistan. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WWMK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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China details performance of 'carrier killer' missile for JF-17

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Source: flightdailynews.png
14:47 19 Nov 2013

Chinese aerospace giant AVIC has quietly advertised critical details about the accuracy and performance of a secretive project to develop a supersonic cruise missile reportedly dubbed an “aircraft carrier killer” by the launch customer.

A full list of specifications for the CM-400AKG missile was played on a loop inside the AVIC exhibit stand at the Dubai air show; a marketing venue for the JF-17 fighter jointly developed between China and Pakistan - the latter of which operates the type as the "Thunder".

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News reports have indicated the CM-400 has entered service with the Pakistan air force. The AVIC video notes vaguely that the 910kg (2,000lb) weapon “can be carried by JF-17, etc”. It is usually compared with the Indian/Russian Brahmos high-speed cruise missile.

For the first time, the AVIC video details claims for the accuracy of each of the CM-400’s three major guidance systems, starting with a 50m (164ft) circular error probable (CEP) for an inertial navigation system coupled with satellite positioning. A weapon's CEP is defined as the 50% probability that it will hit within a given radius of the target’s position.

The accuracy of the CM-400 improves by an order of magnitude - to a CEP of 5m - when an onboard infrared (IR)/TV seeker activates to provide terminal guidance. The list also claims that the CEP of the weapon actually worsens to 5-10m when an IR/TV seeker is supplemented by a passive radar during the terminal phase. It is not clear why the passive radar – identified as occupying the L, S and X bands of the electromagnetic spectrum – would not improve the CM-400’s accuracy.

AVIC lists the 0.4m-diameter missile as having a range of between 54-130nm (100-240km), while carrying either a 150kg blast warhead or 200kg penetration warhead.

A list of system features appears to confirm an unusual characteristic associated with the CM-400. Unlike most high-speed cruise missiles, which fly at low altitude to avoid detection, the CM-400 uses “high [altitude] launching” to achieve “higher aircraft survivability”, according to the video.

A fighter such as the Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 would launch the missile at speeds between Mach 0.7 and M0.9 at an elevation between 26,200ft and 39,400ft, according to the AVIC specifications.

News reports indicate the weapon was publicly unveiled by China at the Zhuhai air show in 2012.

 

 

****Not sure if CM-400 has the same speed characteristics as the Brahmos, in any case this is a very potent ASh capability for the PAF.

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Combat air has tweeted that a full squadron of J10 is at Rafiqui Airbase for shaheen III. It's got full squadron strength with

24 chinese pilots.

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Once the carrier's boilers issues are fixed to where it can reliably go for several thousand miles, and is able leave its home port without running into a fishing boat or running aground, it will have its work cut out and and go patrol the Sri Lanka coast since it will be too juicy a target without a CIWS which is not supposed to go in till the next re-fit.

 

 

China details performance of 'carrier killer' missile for JF-17

Dubai
Source: flightdailynews.png
14:47 19 Nov 2013

Chinese aerospace giant AVIC has quietly advertised critical details about the accuracy and performance of a secretive project to develop a supersonic cruise missile reportedly dubbed an “aircraft carrier killer” by the launch customer.

A full list of specifications for the CM-400AKG missile was played on a loop inside the AVIC exhibit stand at the Dubai air show; a marketing venue for the JF-17 fighter jointly developed between China and Pakistan - the latter of which operates the type as the "Thunder".

Pakistan air force

News reports have indicated the CM-400 has entered service with the Pakistan air force. The AVIC video notes vaguely that the 910kg (2,000lb) weapon “can be carried by JF-17, etc”. It is usually compared with the Indian/Russian Brahmos high-speed cruise missile.

For the first time, the AVIC video details claims for the accuracy of each of the CM-400’s three major guidance systems, starting with a 50m (164ft) circular error probable (CEP) for an inertial navigation system coupled with satellite positioning. A weapon's CEP is defined as the 50% probability that it will hit within a given radius of the target’s position.

The accuracy of the CM-400 improves by an order of magnitude - to a CEP of 5m - when an onboard infrared (IR)/TV seeker activates to provide terminal guidance. The list also claims that the CEP of the weapon actually worsens to 5-10m when an IR/TV seeker is supplemented by a passive radar during the terminal phase. It is not clear why the passive radar – identified as occupying the L, S and X bands of the electromagnetic spectrum – would not improve the CM-400’s accuracy.

AVIC lists the 0.4m-diameter missile as having a range of between 54-130nm (100-240km), while carrying either a 150kg blast warhead or 200kg penetration warhead.

A list of system features appears to confirm an unusual characteristic associated with the CM-400. Unlike most high-speed cruise missiles, which fly at low altitude to avoid detection, the CM-400 uses “high [altitude] launching” to achieve “higher aircraft survivability”, according to the video.

A fighter such as the Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 would launch the missile at speeds between Mach 0.7 and M0.9 at an elevation between 26,200ft and 39,400ft, according to the AVIC specifications.

News reports indicate the weapon was publicly unveiled by China at the Zhuhai air show in 2012.

 

 

****Not sure if CM-400 has the same speed characteristics as the Brahmos, in any case this is a very potent ASh capability for the PAF.

 

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New order of Sniper pods for PAF announced

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New order of Sniper pods for PAF announced

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Assalamaoalukum,

 

PAF Mirage has crashed in Karachi killing both pilots.

 

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Oh no...

 

http://tribune.com.pk/story/716865/paf-training-aircraft-crashes-in-karachi/

 

Since the plane was over a dense populated area, looks like the pilots stayed with the aircraft until the end to try and recover it ...

I have been reading from plenty of news paper and in most cases eye witnesses say that the plane hit the HTW (high tention wires) and than burst in the air, i would appreciate if some one can tell me if thats indeed the case.

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Baldia town where this plane crashed is right next to Masroor base. The airfields and baldia town are separated by airbase boundary and shershah/hub river road. Jets usually could be seen flying very low (take off or landing) if you are driving down on that road.

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Tweets from Alan Warnes who is in Pak right now

 

PAF using K-8s hard in both basic and advanced flying training, they even have gun pods on them.

 

Next batch of JF-17s will replace all the F-7s in PAF. PAF retaining Mirages for another 5 years till JF-17 then totally replaces all fighters apart from F-16s

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Assalamaoalukum,

 

Can anyone guess which plane cockpit this is?

 

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Assalamaoalukum,

 

Can anyone guess which plane cockpit this is?

 

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Glass cockpit Mushashak?

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Air Marshal Sohail Gul khan appointed Vice Chief Of Air Staff (VCAS)

 

 LAHORE: The government on Thursday appointed Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan as Vice Chief of The Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.

 

Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force in 1979 in GD (P) Branch. He is a fighter pilot and a qualified flying instructor. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, UK Staff College and National Defence University.

His career has encompassed a wide range of operational, training, and command assignments. He holds Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from Kings College UK and a Master’s Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from National Defence University, Islamabad.

During his career in the PAF, he has commanded a fighter wing, a combat commanders’ school, an operational air base and Regional Air Command. He has handled various important command and staff appointments including as the Director General Air Force Strategic Command, Air Officer Commanding Northern Air Command, Director General Logistic Joint Staff Headquarters, and Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra.

Among his awards, he is also a recipient of Tamga-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military).

( Tribune News Paper)

 

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Turkish Aerospace Industries will deliver last four of modernized F-16 fighters to Pakistan on Tuesday.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Aerospace Industries has modernized the last four of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets, completing a five-year contract.

The remaining four aircraft will be handed over in a ceremony in Ankara on Tuesday.

The company, known by the acronym TUSAS, signed a contract with Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense in 2009. Under the program, Turkish technicians were to upgrade and test 41 aircraft.

The first of the planes were delivered two years ago.

TUSAS began co-producing U.S.-designed F-16s for the Turkish Air Force in 1984 and is one of the world’s main aerospace companies involved in F-16 manufacture and modernization.

It has also upgraded the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s F-16s.
http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/143519/turkish-aviation-company-to-deliver-f-16s-to-pakistan

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A FBW system would definitely help but turbulence is still a factor.

 

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Looks more like pilot induced oscillations. Nothing that more practice won't help fix.. 

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