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Don’t fool people by claiming “premature”success in Swat operation - Air Marshal (retired) Masood Akhter

July 1, 2009

ISLAMABAD: While the Pakistan government has been claiming that the Swat military offensive has been successful and nearing its end, a former Pakistan Air Force (PAF) top official, Air Marshal (retired) Masood Akhter has raised questions over the claims by saying that people shouldn’t be fooled through such statements.

During a discussion on ‘Post-Swat Operation Outlook’ here, Akhter said people should not hope that the war against terrorism and the extremist threat would end within a few weeks.

“We shouldn’t befool people by saying war against militancy will end within a few weeks. The army is rendering sacrifices there and we must support it but it’ll take some time to completely defeat these elements,” The Daily Times quoted Akhter, as saying.

Akhter said the military offensive in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) would continue until militants are rooted out from region, and added that it was in Pakistan’s interest to quell extremism.

“It’s our war because it threatens our vital national interest and our moderate way of life, and the non-state actors are also threatening all of us,” he added.

Akhter highlighted that the government’s work should not be limited to flushing out of the militants, but it should also cover the post-war scenario.

“The government should socially and ideologically isolate adversaries, sever links between local terrorists and international jihadis, and wean people away from religious extremism,” he said.

- ANI

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Pakistan is to be the first country in the region to buy the Chinese AWACS system

July 7, 2009

ISLAMABAD: In an effort to help the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) boost its air defence capability, Islamabad has struck a $278 million deal with Beijing to purchase a modern Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), legislators were informed here.

Pakistan is said to be the first country in the region to buy the Chinese AWACS system, which Beijing started developing in 2004 after the Americans stopped the Israeli government from selling the system worth $1billion to Beijing.

Under mounting pressure from Washington, Tel Aviv scrapped the contract to the disappointment of the Chinese, who badly needed the system for possible use against Taiwan. The details of the contract between Pakistan and China were placed before the National Assembly on Wednesday by Minister for Defence Production Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi.

The documents placed before the National Assembly reveal that under the multi-million dollar deal, China will provide the system to Pakistan in the next four years. The most important thing from Pakistan’s perspective is that China has agreed to supply the system on “deferred” payment. The contract has been awarded to MS CETC China.

The story of China starting the development of its own airborne warning and control system is interesting. Until 2004, Beijing had not even thought of making its own AWACS system. Just like Pakistan, China was heavily dependent on foreign countries in improving the performance of its air force.

Information gathered from various sources revealed China launched work on its own system after the US blocked its move to develop radar surveillance aircraft. Washington even vetoed the sale of such systems China wanted to deploy in the Taiwan Strait. Military specialists said the Chinese system used domestically-produced advanced radar mounted on a Russian-made Il-76 transport aircraft.

Chinese military technicians have been struggling to acquire AWACS-type equipment ever since the United States coerced Israel in 2000 into backing out of a $1 billion agreement on selling to China four of its Phalcon phased-array radar systems.

The systems would have used Il-76 aircraft as a platform, but the main US concern in blocking the sale was that China would gain a military advantage over Taiwan. Moreover, under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the US government pledged to help Taiwan defend itself against a possible Chinese attack, meaning the US forces could become involved, should fighting erupt.

For the same reason, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force leaders were determined to acquire such planes. After the 2000 Israeli fiasco, the PLA made it a matter of pride to prove to the Americans they could not be denied AWACS.

Initially, China turned to Russia, its traditional source of military equipment. Beijing concluded a deal to buy four Beriev A-50 Mainstay radar planes, which are roughly the Russian equivalent of the US Air Force’s E-3 Sentry AWACS. The purchase was believed to be the first phase of an agreement for eight Russian aircraft.

At the same time, Chinese scientists were working on their own radar equipment. It is not known whether the Russian aircraft were ever delivered, which would have provided a look at the technology, or whether the technicians obtained help from Israeli or Russian counterparts.

Link: http://pakistanapassionanobsession.blogspot.com/2009/07/pakistan-is-to-be-first-country-in.html

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Government to improve combat capability of PAF

July 8, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar said that the Government is aware of the requirements of Pakistan Air Force, and would take all measures to upgrade its combat capabilities.Talking to Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman who called on him in his office, the Minister congratulated the Air Chief on successful launch of JF-17 Thunder aircraft manufacturing project in the country. This is a joint Venture of Pak-China Friendship.

The Minister expressed the hope that induction of JF-17 multi-role aircraft would enhance operational strength of Pakistan Air Force.

The Government would continue to further modernize and equip its forces to meet internal and external security challenges, he said.

The Minister lauded the role being played by PAF in defending the national frontiers of the country, particularly in the wake of current developments.

Chief of Air Staff apprised the Minister of the role being played by PAF during current operations, the operational preparedness and future plans of the Force.

The Minister expressed that the whole nation was standing with their Forces to give them moral support in this hour of trial.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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Pakistan vows to enhance PAF’s combat capabilities at all costs

July 10, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar has said all necessary steps would be initiated by the government to enhance the combat capabilities of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Talking to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Mukhtar expressed hope that successful launch of the JF-17 Thunder aircraft manufacturing project would add to the PAF’s power in the coming days.

“The induction of JF-17 multi-role aircraft would enhance operational strength of the PAF,” The News quoted Mukhtar, as saying.

He said Pakistan would continue to modernise and equip its forces with the latest arms and weapons to counter the internal and external threat facing the country.

Pakistan had started production of the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft from last month, the first of which is expected to fly by the end of this year.

- ANI

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Three PAF Air Commodores promoted as AVM

July 10, 2009

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan has promoted Air Commodore Sohail Aman, Air Commodore Syed Razi Nawab and Air Commodore Syed Hassan Raza to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, a news release of DPR (Air) here said. Air Vice Marshal Sohail Aman was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 28th November, 1980 in Flying Branch. He has flown various types of fighter aircraft on the inventory of PAF during his career. He has commanded a Fighter’s Squadron, a Fighter’s Wing (Combat Commanders’ School) and an Operational Air Base.

In Staff appointments, he has served at Air Headquarters as Director Operations, Director Plans and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations). He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Air War College and Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 28th November, 1980 in Flying Branch. He has flown various types of fighter aircraft on the inventory of PAF during his career. He has commanded a Fighter’s Squadron, a Fighter’s Wing and an Operational Air Base. In Staff appointments, he has served at Air Headquarters as Director Strategic Plans and Deputy Inspector General Air Force. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Air War College and National Defence University, Islamabad. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Syed Hassan Raza was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 28th November, 1980 in Flying Branch. He has flown various types of fighter aircraft on the inventory of PAF during his career. He has commanded a Fighter’s Squadron in the Combat Commanders’ School, a Fighter’s Wing and an Operational Air Base. In Staff appointments, he has served in the Air Headquarters as Director OR & D and Chief Project Director (F-16). He is a graduate of Staff College, Germany and National Defence University, Islamabad. At present, he is serving as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) at Air Headquarters. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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Pakistan Army, PAF start Azam-e-Nau war games

July 13, 2009

ISLAMABAD: In view of the challenges affecting internal and external security environment of the region, Pakistan Army on Monday started a war game at National Defence University here, a news release of ISPR said. Pakistan Air Force, besides participating in the Army War Game, is also conducting a parallel war game.

War Game “AZAM-E-NAU” aims at analyzing the nature and magnitude of the threat(s) and to validate an effective response in accordance with the existing operational environment.

The opening session of the war game was attended by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majid, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nauman Bashir and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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PAF plane crashes near Noorpur

Updated at: 0044 PST, Friday, July 17, 2009

NOORPUR: A jet plane of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has crashed here late on Thursday, with the pilot on board dead during the accident, Geo news exclusively reported.

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Pakistan Air Force F-16 crashes near Noorpur, Sargodha

July 17, 2009

SARGODHA: A jet plane of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has crashed here late on Thursday, with the pilot on board embraced martyrdom on the spot during the accident.

According to PAF spokesman, the plane was on routine flight when it crashed in Noorpur near Sargodha meanwhile, the pilot lost his life during the sad mishap.

Sargodha police said, the fire broke out on the place of accident while rescue workers are in a bid to bring it under control.

According to police, the dead body of martyred PAF pilot has been recovered.

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PAF F-16 crashes near Sargodha

July 17, 2009

by Asif Shamim

An F-16 from the Pakistan Air Force has crashed in the vicinity of Khosab on Thursday. The pilot was killed.

According to a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesman, the plane was on routine flight when it crashed in Moza Awanwala, near Khoshab.

Sargodha police said, the fire broke out at the accident site, while rescue workers are making all efforts to bring it under control. According to police, the pilots body has been recovered from the wreckage.

The pilots details are yet to be confirmed, but its believed his rank was that of a Squadron Leader.

The last F-16 lost by the PAF was back in 1994, also in the vicinity of Sargodha.

Link: http://www.f-16.net/news_article3631.html

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Squadron leader Arshad Sami passes away:

Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Raji'oon

Islamabad, Friday, June 26, 2009: A veteran of 1965 war, Squadron Leader ® Arshad Sami Khan, Sitara-i-Jurat, who passed away here on Thursday would be laid to rest today (Friday). He was the father of famous singer Adnan Sami Khan.

His funeral prayers will be offered today (Friday), at Air Headquarters (Unit) Sports Ground, PAF Complex, Sector E-9, at 7:15 p.m. He will be laid to rest at CDA Graveyard in Sector H-11, with profound military honour.

During 1965 War, Squadron Leader Arshad Sami Khan flew the maximum combat missions from Peshawar. His enthusiasm and aggressive spirit was of the highest order and was responsible for igniting the spirit of competition amongst other pilots in its most effective form. He led formations into the battle area with exemplary determination and brought back excellent results.

He was credited with one aircraft, 15 tanks and 22 vehicles destroyed, plus eight tanks and 19 vehicles damaged and two heavy guns destroyed.

He never looked tired or apprehensive in the face of heavy odds, but kept on inflicting maximum damage to the enemy as his only objective.

For his outstanding devotion to duty and bravery, Squadron Leader Arshad Sami Khan was awarded the Sitara-i-Jurat.

Air Chief Marshal, Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff has expressed great sorrow and grief on death of the war veteran.

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Another PAF Crash:

Air Force plane crashes near Attock, pilot dies

Wednesday

ATTOCK: A Pakistan Air Force pilot was killed on Wednesday as his aircraft crashed in Attock, the PAF reported.

The aircraft crashed while on a routine training mission and was being flown by Flight Lieutenant Shahryar Nisar

No loss of civilian life or property has been reported on ground.

The PAF says its Air Headquarters have ordered a board of inquiry to determine the cause of accident. — DawnNews

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Another PAF Crash:

Air Force plane crashes near Attock, pilot dies

Wednesday

ATTOCK: A Pakistan Air Force pilot was killed on Wednesday as his aircraft crashed in Attock, the PAF reported.

The aircraft crashed while on a routine training mission and was being flown by Flight Lieutenant Shahryar Nisar

No loss of civilian life or property has been reported on ground.

The PAF says its Air Headquarters have ordered a board of inquiry to determine the cause of accident. — DawnNews

Inna Lillahe Wainna alehe Rajaoon

Daily Dawn

Source: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/07-pakistan-air-force-aircraft-crashes-near-attock-pilot-dies-ha-03

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May the departed soul rest in peace and may Allah bless him, ameen!

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Interview: Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Pakistan Air Force Chief of the Air Staff

August 8, 2009

By Farhan Bokhari JDW Correspondent

A year after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was called to join the country's military effort in combating Taliban militants along the border with Afghanistan, the planned arrival in August of the first air-to-air refuelling aircraft on lease from Ukraine for training purposes carries a special significance. By 2010, the PAF plans to complete the induction of up to four Ilyushin Il-78 aircraft fitted with a mid-air refuelling capability, extending the capacity of its fighter aircraft to patrol areas over the border region. Western defence officials see the induction of a mid-air refuelling capability as a significant boost to the PAF at a time when the force aims to reconcile itself with duties related to anti-terror operations while maintaining what its senior commanders describe as a "minimum deterrence" against the much larger Indian Air Force (IAF). According to the chief of the air staff of the PAF, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, the refuelling capability is an "extremely significant" development. "This is an absolutely new capability we are getting, which we are inducting.

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We never had this capability in the Pakistan Air Force," ACM Qamar told Jane's. The PAF's operations in Pakistan's northern areas, ranging from the northern Swat valley and its surrounding region, have been carried out mainly by some of the 45 US-supplied F-16 multirole fighter aircraft in Pakistan's inventory. "These armed aircraft can stay for up to four, five, six hours in the area," ACM Qamar said."During this time, if there is any militant attack anywhere in the FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas], these aircraft can go there immediately, within minutes, and they can bomb the militants. It will create the right kind of deterrence against the militants." ACM Qamar said the PAF's operations in the north have brought significant pressure to bear on Taliban militants, who were on the advance until the recent military campaign in Swat began reversing the tide. "They [Taliban militants] never see us on the ground. The only time they find out that an aircraft has struck is when the bomb explodes on them.

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It creates a great psychological impact." The PAF's experience in the past year is beginning to influence its future plans, both in terms of operational procedures as well as the choice of aircraft and ammunition. "This was a new kind of warfare for us. The PAF was focused on enemy air forces. We remained focused on enemy land forces and enemy air forces and, therefore, we were preparing ourselves to fight against organised modern air forces and against modern armies," ACM Qamar said. "We never thought we would be required to fight against militants or be involved in counter-insurgency operations. When we started this [counter-insurgency], we had to learn while on the job. We had to re-orient our thinking, we had to refine our ... existing SOPs [standard operating procedures] and we had to develop new SOPs for this kind of warfare. However, we did that very quickly." This experience has led the PAF to identify new areas for development, such as acquiring more precision-guided bombs, enhanced night precision attack capabilities and the capability to monitor communications and track the movement of militants. The PAF's other, already established, requirements include the development of the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, co-produced with China.

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The PAF plans to eventually induct up to 250 JF-17 fighters, making the aircraft the backbone of its inventory. The first 'fully made in Pakistan' JF-17 is expected to be produced by the end of this year at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra, north of Islamabad. However, there is still a requirement for a more advanced fighter aircraft, as the PAF prepares to counter the future edge that may be acquired by the IAF once it completes the planned purchase of 126 multirole combat aircraft (MRCAs) "We knew about this requirement of the Indian Air Force for 126 latest-generation fighter aircraft. Yes, it is an alarming development because when they get 126 such capable aircraft, then we also need to have something matching to counter that threat," ACM Qamar said. For the PAF, not only will the induction of 14 used F-16 aircraft and 18 new F-16C/D aircraft figure prominently in narrowing the gap, but continuing negotiations with China to purchase up to 36 FC-20 fighter aircraft - designated the J-10 in China - will also play an important role. ACM Qamar said the PAF has finalised the technical proposal for the FC-20 and informed the Chinese of its requirements."[The technical proposal] is more or less finalised now. There are some changes that are required, which [the Chinese] are making," he said.

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The next stage of the contract will involve financial negotiations between China and Pakistan. ACM Qamar believes that, following the signing of a contract, it will take two to two-and-a-half years before the first FC-20 aircraft is received. Other elements of the PAF's force expansion include the purchase of four Erieye airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft from Sweden. The PAF expects to receive the first of these aircraft by end of this year and the other three next year.ACM Qamar said the PAF has also signed a contract for the purchase of four Chinese airborne early warning and control aircraft. The first of these is due to arrive in 2011 and the remaining three will be delivered in 2012.

- Jane's Defence Weekly

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PAF to complete induction of four Ilyushin Il-78 aircraft by 2010

August 10, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has said that the Pakistan Air Force plans to complete the induction of up to four Ilyushin Il-78 aircraft fitted with a mid-air refueling capability, extending the capacity of its fighter aircraft to patrol areas over the border region by 2010.

In an exclusive interview with Jane’s Defense Weekly, Rao Qamar said, the refueling capability is an "extremely significant" development. "This is an absolutely new capability we are getting, which we are inducting. We never had this capability in the Pakistan Air Force," he said.

Answering to a question, he said, US-supplied F-16 multirole fighter aircraft can stay for up to four, five, six hours in Pakistan’s northern areas, ranging from the northern Swat valley and its surrounding region.

"During this time, if there is any militant attack anywhere in the FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas], these aircraft can go there immediately, within minutes, and they can bomb the militants. It will create the right kind of deterrence against the militants", he said.

He said the PAF’s operations in the north have brought significant pressure to bear on Taliban militants, who were on the advance until the recent military campaign in Swat began reversing the tide.

"They [Taliban militants] never see us on the ground. The only time they find out that an aircraft has struck is when the bomb explodes on them. It creates a great psychological impact", he said.

Replying to a question, Rao Qamar went on to say, the PAF was focused on enemy air forces. We remained focused on enemy land forces and enemy air forces and, therefore, we were preparing ourselves to fight against organized modern air forces and against modern armies.

"We never thought we would be required to fight against militants or be involved in counter-insurgency operations. When we started this [counter-insurgency], we had to learn while on the job. We had to re-orient our thinking, we had to refine our ... existing SOPs [standard operating procedures] and we had to develop new SOPs for this kind of warfare. However, we did that very quickly", he said.

The recent operation has led the PAF to identify new areas for development, such as acquiring more precision-guided bombs, enhanced night precision attack capabilities and the capability to monitor communications and track the movement of militants, he said.

The PAF’s other, already established, requirements include the development of the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, co-produced with China, he said.

The PAF plans to eventually induct up to 250 JF-17 fighters, making the aircraft the backbone of its inventory, he said, adding that, the first ’fully made in Pakistan’ JF-17 is expected to be produced by the end of this year at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra, north of Islamabad. However, there is still a requirement for a more advanced fighter aircraft, as the PAF prepares to counter the future edge that may be acquired by the IAF once it completes the planned purchase of 126 multirole combat aircraft (MRCAs), he said.

"We knew about this requirement of the Indian Air Force for 126 latest-generation fighter aircraft. Yes, it is an alarming development because when they get 126 such capable aircraft, then we also need to have something matching to counter that threat," ACM Qamar said.

Replying to a question, he said, the PAF has finalized the technical proposal for the FC-20 and informed the Chinese of its requirements.

"[The technical proposal] is more or less finalized now. There are some changes that are required, which [the Chinese] are making," he said.

The next stage of the contract will involve financial negotiations between China and Pakistan, he said. Air Chief Marshall Qamar believes that, following the signing of a contract, it will take two to two-and-a-half years before the first FC-20 aircraft is received.

Rao Qamar Suleman answering to a question said the PAF has also signed a contract for the purchase of four Chinese airborne early warning and control aircraft. The first of these is due to arrive in 2011 and the remaining three will be delivered in 2012.

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Australian air chief visits PAF Headquarters

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Mark D Binskin, on Monday visited the Air Headquarters. He was received by Pakistan Air Force chief Rao Qamar Suleman. After reviewing a guard of honour, Binskin met the principal staff officers of the Pakistan Air Force and also paid homage to the martyrs of PAF by laying a wreath at the Martyrs' Monument. The Australian air chief later discussed various issues of bilateral interest with air chief Rao Qamar Suleman. Binskin was also briefed on the organisation, role and functioning of the Pakistan Air Force. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\08\11\story_11-8-2009_pg7_21

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PAF capable of mid-air refuelling

August 10, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has said that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) plans to complete the induction of up to four Ilyushin Il-78 aircraft fitted with a mid-air refuelling capability, extending the capacity of its fighter aircraft to patrol areas over the border region by 2010.

In an exclusive interview with Jane’s Defence Weekly, Rao Qamar said the refuelling capability is an ‘extremely significant’ development. “This is an absolutely new capability we are getting, which we are inducting. We never had this capability in the Pakistan Air Force,” he said.

Answering to a question, he said the US-supplied F-16 multirole fighter aircraft can stay for up to four, five, six hours in Pakistan’s northern areas, ranging from the Swat valley and its surrounding region.

“During this time, if there is any militant attack anywhere in the Fata [Federally Administered Tribal Areas], these aircraft can go there immediately, within minutes, and they can bomb the militants. It will create the right kind of deterrence against the militants,” he said.

He said the PAF’s operations in the north have brought significant pressure on Taliban militants, who were on the advance until the recent military campaign in Swat began reversing the tide.

“They [Taliban militants] never see us on the ground. The only time they find out that an aircraft has struck is when the bomb explodes on them. It creates a great psychological impact,” Rao said.

Replying to a question, Rao Qamar went on to say that the PAF was focused on organised enemy forces. “We remained focused on enemy land forces and enemy air forces and, therefore, we were preparing ourselves to fight against organised modern air forces and against modern armies.”

“We never thought we would be required to fight against militants or be involved in counter-insurgency operations. When we started this [counter-insurgency], we had to learn while on the job. We had to re-orient our thinking, we had to refine our ... existing SOPs [standard operating procedures] and we had to develop new SOPs for this kind of warfare. However, we did that very quickly,” he said.

Source: www.nation.com.pk

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Pakistan to induct 4 Chinese Airborne Refullers: PAF Chief

August 10, 2009

By H S Rao

LONDON: Pakistan Air Force plans to induct four Chinese airborne refullers next year, in a move to counter the Indian Air Forces' enhanced capabilities after New Delhi acquired six similar aircraft, the PAF chief has said.

Air Chief Marshal Qamar Suleman underlined that the airborne refullers were necessary to match the IAF, six years after India acquired six similar aircraft.

"This is an absolutely new capability we are getting, which we are inducting. We never had this capability in the Pakistan Air force," Suleman told the Jane's Defence Weekly.

He said to match the Indian Air Force's acquisition of the first of three Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), his force would receive four Chinese systems between 2011 and 2012.

He also termed as "alarming" the IAF's intention of purchasing 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft, saying Pakistan needed "to have something matching.

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Australian Air Chief visits PAF Headquarters

August 10, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Air Marshal Mark D Binskin, Chief of Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, visited Air Headquarters.

On his arrival at Air Headquarters, he was received by, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman. A smartly turned out contingent of PAF presented the guard of honour. After reviewing the guard of honour, he was introduced to principal staff officers of Pakistan Air Force. The distinguished guest also paid homage to the martyrs of PAF by laying floral wreath on Martyrs’ Monument at Air Headquarters.

The distinguished guest also called on Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, in his office. Both the air chiefs remained together for some time and discussed matters of professional interest. The delegation also attended a briefing at Air Headquarters on the organization, role and functioning of PAF.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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PAF celebrates Independence Day with fervour

August 14, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) joined hands with the nation to celebrate 62nd Independence Day of the country with fervor and dignity. The Day commenced with offering of special “Dua’” in mosques of Pakistan Air Force all over the country.

Airmen and the civilian staff of PAF, later assembled at their respective bases, units and headquarters to sing Pakistan’s National Anthem.

A flag hoisting ceremony was held at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. Air Vice Marshal Syed Hassan Raza, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Support) hoisted national flag and read out the message of Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff in which he said “on the independence day of Pakistan, I extend my warm greetings to all servicemen and women.”

He said 14th of August is a watershed day in the history of our country, as it marks on the world map the historic event of emergence of Pakistan as an independent and sovereign state.

He said the valiant struggle by the Muslims of the subcontinent, under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, reached its finale on this day.

Air Chief said, “On this solemn occasion, I wish to assure that Pakistan Air Force is fully committed to the mission entrusted to it by the founder of the country and the trust reposed by the Nation. Pak Fazaia has always played its due role in the national security and is well entrenched to do so whenever called upon in future. Its wholehearted participation in the recent law enforcement action, in synergy with the government and Pakistan Army, provides testimony to its commitment.”

On the auspicious day of independence, this order of ceremony was also observed at all PAF bases and establishments.

A tree plantation campaign by Pakistan Air Force personnel at all Bases was also undertaken after the Flag hoisting ceremony.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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PAF joins nation in celebrating 63rd Independence Day

August 14, 2009

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force joined the nation in celebrating the 63rd day of independence with zeal, enthusiasm, fervor and dignity. The Day commenced with offering of special prayers after Fajar prayers in mosques of Pakistan Air Force all around the country. Airmen and the civilian staff of Pakistan Air Force, later assembled at their respective bases, units and Headquarters to sing Pakistan’s National Anthem.

The Flag Hoisting Ceremony was held at Air Headquarters, Islamabad where Air Vice Marshal Syed Hassan Raza, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Support) hoisted national flag and read out the message of the day from Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.

The chief of Air Staff in his message he exchanged warm greetings with the servicemen and women.

“The 14th of August is a watershed day in the history of our country, as it marks on the world map the historic event of emergence of Pakistan as an independent and sovereign state”, he said.

“The valiant struggle by the Muslims of the subcontinent, under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, reached its finale on this day.”

On this solemn occasion, he assured that Pakistan Air Force is fully committed to the mission entrusted to it by the founder of the country and the trust reposed by the Nation.

“Pak Fazaia has always played its due role in the national security and is well entrenched to do so whenever called upon in future. Its wholehearted participation in the recent law enforcement action, in synergy with the government and Pakistan Army, provides testimony to its commitment.”

He said today, more than ever before, Pakistan Air Force, imbued with the spirit of sacrifice, enjoys immense combat motivation and is ready to fulfill its national obligation.

“May Allah Almighty grant us the strength to defend our motherland in a manner befitting the Nation’s faith and pride in the PAF, Aameen!.”

On the auspicious day of independence, this order of ceremony was also observed at all PAF bases and establishments. A tree plantation campaign by Pakistan Air Force personnel at all Bases was also undertaken after the Flag Hoisting Ceremonies.

- Associated Press of Pakistan

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President confers Non-Operational Military awards for PAF

August 14, 2009

President of Pakistan has conferred Non-Operational Military awards upon 30 Officers of Pakistan Air Force on the occasion of 62nd Independence Day of Pakistan.

These awards include 02 Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), 13 Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), 12 Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military), 01 Sitara-i–Basalat and 02 Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Pakistan Air Force officers, whose names were announced for the respective Non-Operational Military Awards, include, AM Muhammad Hassan GD (P) and AVM Qasim Masood Khan Engg for Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), while Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) was awarded to Air Commoderes, Muhammad Aslam Pervaiz GD (P), Tanweer Nazim Siddiqui GD (P), Sohail Ahmad GD (P), Ahmad Salam Khan GD (P), Muhammad Nawaz Engg, and Nazar Hayat Engg. Also included are Group captains Nisar Ahmad Engg, Nisar Ahmad Kingravi Engg, Inam-Ul-Haq Raja Engg, Muhammad Adnan Khan Log Capt Sayyid Qammar Abbas Shah, Capt Muhammad Shafiq AD, Sajid Waheed A&SD.

Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military) was awarded to Group Captains, Tanweer Ashraf Bhatti GD (P), Amer Bashir GD (P), Fazal-Ur-Rehman GD (P), Imran-Ul-Huda AD, Wing Commanders Sohail Saeed Naik GD (P), Syed Imran Majid Ali GD (P), Mahmood Murtaza Engg, Sajid Rashid Engg, Tahir Ahmad Engg AD Anwar-Ul-Haq AD, Zia-Ur-Rehman A&SD, Muhammad Asif Shahzad Edu.

The award of Sitara-i-Basalat went to Gp Capt Amir Masud GD (P), while Wing Commanders, Ghulam Abbas Ghumman GD (P), and S Fauad Masud Hatmi GD (P) were awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Source: Daily Pk

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PAF begins drone planes production

August 20, 2009

KAMRA: Pak Air Force has formally started the production of pilotless drone planes in collaboration with an Italian company.

According to details issued by the PAF, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra has commenced producing the pilotless planes Falco UAV in collaboration with Selex Galileo of Italy.

Aeronautical Complex chief Air Marshal Farhat Hussain said pilotless Falco UAV highly important for the country’s defence, adding the production of the planes will greatly add to the professional capabilities of PAF.

Farhat said Pakistan is now a member of the club of countries manufacturing drone planes.

The system will be used mainly for aerial reconnaissance and information gathering, although the PAF will later also induct UAVs equipped with weapon systems to carry out offensive operations.

- Geo News

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