Used jointly with. Both crew members of the IAF Canberra ejected and were captured by Pakistani authorities. The future will tell us whether this will come to fruition. [23], By late 1971, the intensification of the independence movement in erstwhile East Pakistan led to the Bangladesh Liberation War between West Pakistan and East Pakistan (later joined by India). Commanding Officer Tanvir Piracha emphasized that if the female pilots "are not good enough as per their male counterparts, we don't let them fly." Of these, 71 were embargoed by the US due to Pakistan's nuclear weapons program. The Bangladesh Air Force was officially formed on 28 September 1971 consisting of the revolting Bengali officers and airmen of the Pakistan Air Force at Dimapur of Nagaland, India and it was launched formally by flying three repaired vintage aircraft on 8 October 1971. Il-78MP. There are about 1.40 lakh soldiers in the IAF. 106 Squadron entered Pakistani airspace on a photo reconnaissance mission. Furthermore, the F-16A's of no 9 and 11 squadrons at Sargodha AB have allegedly been modified to carry and deliver a Pakistani nuclear weapon. Its primary mandate and mission is "to provide, in synergy with other inter-services, the most efficient, assured and cost effective aerial defence of Pakistan." 3 medium lift transporters. [156] The administration had previously announced on 27 June 2008 that it was proposing to sell ITT Corporation's electronic warfare gear valued at up to $75 million to enhance Pakistan's existing inventory of F-16s. Note: The Pakistan Air Force has recently introduced a new livery for its VIP fleet of Saab 2000. Inducted in November 2014. Lt. M. Yunis) of No. The 11 Peace Gate III aircraft were consequently stored at AMARC (Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, also known as the Boneyard. soil. Two of the four PAF Sabres were shot down and one damaged by the IAF's Gnats. [56], A number of civilian casualties occurred during PAF airstrikes on 10 April 2010 in the FATA tribal region. [193], In the summer of 2005, a PAF team of 20 airmen, including pilots, navigators, engineers, maintenance technicians and a C-130E was sent to the United States to take part in the AMC (Air Mobility Command) Rodeo. [62] Pakistan's military, the first to announce the airstrike on the morning of 26 February, described the Indian planes as dropping their payload in an uninhabited wooded hilltop area near Balakot after being intercepted by PAF fighter jets. When deliveries started in May of 2014 is was obvious that the order compromised the Jordanian airframes of the Peace Falcon I order. However, by 1948 the air force acquired better aircraft such as the Hawker Sea Fury fighter-bomber and the Bristol Freighter. F7P/PG. In terms of pronouncing the words for the Pakistan Air Force in Urdu, the full form—Pākistān—would be used, with the respective spelling in Urdu being: ''پاکستان ہوائی فوج''. The first three of these (one Su-22, one probable Su-22, and one An-26) were shot down by two pilots from No. 1 VIP transporter. [157] Pakistan has asked about buying as many as 21 AN/ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite Pods (AIDEWS) as well as other related equipment. Photo gallery of C-130 Hercules in service with PAF. Civilian only Military only. The JF-17 was primarily developed to meet the Pakistan Air Force requirement for an affordable, modern, multi-role combat aircraft as a replacement for its large fleet of Dassault Mirage III/5 fighters, Nanchang A-5 bombers, and Chengdu F-7 interceptors, with a cost of US$500 million, divided equally between China and Pakistan. Although this seems to be unlikely since Jordan doesn't have that quantity of non-MLU F-16s in their inventory any longer and it would also seems strange since Pakistan is updating its older airframes with the MLU upgrade package, adding another non-standard airframe to the inventory. p. 188. Currently, Pakistani F-16s typically carry two all-aspect AIM-9L Sidewinders on the wing tip rails along with a pair of AIM-9P-4's on the outermost underwing racks, while the Matra Magic 2 (French counterpart of the Sidewinder) can be carried as well. [36][37], The PAF is believed to have evaluated the French Dassault Mirage 2000 in early 1981 and was planning to evaluate the F-16 Fighting Falcon afterwards. Within the structure of the PAF, a level of segregation between the genders is maintained in line with traditional views. [26] The IAF was quick to respond to Pakistani airstrikes, following which the PAF carried out mostly defensive sorties. France's Dassault Mirage 2000E and an offer from Poland for the supply of MiG-29s and Su-27s were also considered, but no deal materialized. The Pakistan Air Force currently has the Block 15 F-16A/B model in operation, which has an upgraded APG-66 radar that brings it close to the MLU (Mid-life Update) radar technology. 15 Squadron on Air Defence Alert (ADA) were scrambled from Sargodha Air Base to intercept the IAF aircraft. ACM Shamim told General Zia-ul-Haq that, in the PAF's current state, "Indian aircraft could reach the area in three minutes whereas the PAF would take eight minutes, allowing the Indians to attack the facility and return before the PAF could defend or retaliate". [154], For a brief period, the Pakistan Air Force experienced a stall in modernization efforts, however this ended in April 2006 when the Pakistani cabinet approved the PAF's proposals to procure new aircraft and systems from several sources, including modern combat aircraft from the United States and China. According to Squadron Leader Shazia Ahmed, the officer in charge of the first female cadets in the PAF and a psychologist, this seems to improve the confidence levels of women. Seven years after the first order, in December of 1988, Pakistan ordered 11 additional F-16A/B Block 15 OCU (Operational Capability Upgrade) aircraft (6 Alpha and 5 Bravo models) under the Peace Gate III program. [196][197], In 2009, while undertaking combat operations against militants in the FATA and Swat regions, the PAF initiated the Saffron Bandit exercise with the aim of training the PAF's entire combat force to undertake such anti-terrorist operations. Aircraft. Of these 71, 28 were actually built but were flown directly to the AMARC at Davis-Monthan AFB for storage. Two PAF F-86F Sabres (Flt. He was held for two days before being released at the Wagah-Attari border crossing on 1 March. Decades later, the Pakistani Air Force Pilot, Qais Hussain penned an apology letter to the daughter of the Jahangir Engineer, as to how the actual events transpired and why he shot down the aircraft. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 in support of the pro-Soviet government in Kabul, which was being hard-pressed by Mujahadeen rebel forces, marked the start of a decade-long occupation. [158] The proposed sale will ensure that the existing fleet is "compatible" with new F-16 Block 50/52 fighters being purchased by Islamabad. The H-2 SOW was also shown to the public for the first time, being launched from around 60 km away before hitting its target, and a mock counter-insurgency operation was performed by participating forces. Mujahadeen rebels continued to harass the occupying Soviet military force as well as the forces of the Afghan regime that it was supporting. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. According to Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Rao Qamar Suleman (then Chief of Air Staff), the new fighters would eliminate the PAF's limitations in conducting precision night-time strike operations,[182] as the existing capability was based on around 34 Dassault Mirage 5 fighters upgraded with new avionics for night-time precision strike missions under the Retrofit of Strike Element (ROSE) programme during 1999–2004. JF-17 Thunder is a single-engine, lightweight, multirole combat aircraft, jointly developed by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra. This order was granted and given a new FMS name at Pakistan's request. Since then, Pakistan has been developing variants of the original Falco drone in the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in collaboration with the Italian firm. She was one of the first four women to pass the first stages of flying training on propeller-driven light aircraft and move onto faster jet-powered training aircraft. [195] The PAF again took part in the AMC Rodeo two years later, in July 2007. Around 13 examples are visible in a picture. [164][165] The first F-16 to be completed, an F-16D, was rolled out on 13 October 2009 and began flight testing immediately. [58][59] It is reported that BBC News and several other media correspondences were not allowed to take interviews from the injured. Pakistan had already paid $685 million on the contract for the first 28 F-16s (11 Peace Gate III and 17 Peace Gate IV), and insisted on either having the planes it ordered delivered or getting its money back. On March 25th, 2005, the US Government announced that it had agreed to Pakistan's request to sell new F-16s. However, the IAF did not suffer any significant losses because the leadership had anticipated such a move and consequently, precautions were taken. The speed and intensity of the deployment and PAF's readiness took the Indian Army High Command by surprise and later reports suggest that was the main factor to influence the Indians' decision of not going for cross border raids inside Pakistan. [72], In its early history, women had been employed by Pakistan's armed forces—albeit in non-combat roles only. Between May 1986 and November of 1988, PAF F-16s have shot down at least eight intruders from Afghanistan. In May 1998, a rumor suggested that the 28 Pakistani AF F-16A/B aircraft stored at the AMARC could possibly be donated to the Air Force of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a part of the US led 'Train & Equip' program. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_active_Pakistan_Air_Force_aircraft The unit remained active but saw little prioritization by the Pakistani military until after the Kargil War. There are a total of [ 27 ] individual aircraft entries in the Active Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Aircraft (2021) category in the Military Factory. It deployed to all its wartime locations and started routine combat air patrols. Remove Selected Dates. Ex-. [198][199], In December 2009, the PAF sent six Chengdu F-7PG fighters of No. Beyond that their own position starts getting undermined because the military is after all is a mirror image of the civil society from which it is drawn. The demo heralded the beginning of High Mark 2010's second phase, where the PAF would practice joint operations with the Pakistan Army during the its own exercise Azm-e-Nau-3 (New Resolve 3). Three aircraft were damaged after Minhas airbase attack, of which two aircraft were repaired at PAC.Three more aircraft delivered in 2019. Extensive evaluations of the aircraft took place in Pakistan in December 2009.[180][181]. Air Force Aircraft Marking. world international pakistan air force pakistan f-16 aircraft pakistan aircraft crashed pakistan. The first aircraft were accepted at Fort Worth in October of 1982, and the first F-16, flown by Squadron Leader Shahid Javed, landed in Pakistan at Sargodha Air Base on January 15th, 1983 as part of a package of 6 'Peace Gate I' aircraft (2 A's and 4 B's). In Pakistani literature, the shaheen falcon has a special association with the poetry of the country's national poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Yunis fired a burst that struck the Canberra at an altitude of 47,500 feet and brought it down over Rawat, marking the first direct aerial victory of the PAF. The stated requirement was for up to 40 aircraft. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (1951 – 20 August 1971) is the only officer of the PAF to have been awarded the Nishan-e-Haider for sacrificing his life to save an aircraft from being hijacked to India.[84]. This statement has been refuted by some officials in Pakistan, who say that the IAF's MiG-21, Hawker Hunter and Folland Gnat aircraft had better performance than the PAF's F-86 fighters, without accounting for the obvious quantitative advantage that the IAF possessed. [220] The PAF was involved in the dispatching of relief to Indonesia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after they were hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. According to the Nikkei Asia magazine, the Pakistan Air Force released a video showing the wide range of military aircraft on display in the exercise, which will last until late December. The 34 remaining aircraft as part of Peace Gate II were delivered between 1983 and 1987. [35] Most of these kills were by the AIM-9 Sidewinder, but at least one (a Su-22) was destroyed by cannon fire. One such woman—Cadet Saba Khan from Quetta, Balochistan—applied after reading a newspaper advertisement stating that the PAF was seeking female cadets. [79] Some notable religious minority figures in the Pakistan Air Force include: Air Vice Marshal Eric Gordon Hall, a Christian who served as the Base Commander of Chaklala Air Base during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Flying bases are operational bases from which aircraft operate during peacetime and wartime; whereas non-flying bases conduct either training, administration, maintenance, air defence operations or mission support. After the detonation of five nuclear devices by India in May 1998, in a remote area close to its border with Pakistan, Washington feared that this might escalate the old border dispute between Pakistan and India to a full crisis. [83], The Nishan-e-Haider (Urdu: نشان حیدر‎, lit. However, Indonesia cancelled this order on June 2nd, 1997. After Pakistan's help in the war on terror, the US lifted the embargo. The two digit prefix preceding these numbers is the year of delivery of these aircraft. [18][19], Per India, most of the aircraft losses of the IAF were allegedly on the ground while the PAF suffered most of their losses in aerial combat,[20] a claim that has widely been accepted by most international sources as "a stretch". President Clinton had pledged to the Pakistan Prime Minister, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, that the money paid for the F-16s by Islamabad would be reimbursed if the equipment could not be delivered. A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed near Pindigheb, Attock, on Tuesday, the air force said in a statement. While there is no confirmed death toll, it is widely believed that at least 30 civilian deaths had occurred according to the military approximations, whereas a local official stated that at least 73 locals, including women and children, were killed. The plane was the first civilian aircraft to be shot down in the India-Pakistan war. Lt. M. N. Butt (leader) and Flt. These planes flew near the Pakistani border, but did not cross into the airspace of Pakistan,"[51], On the detection of an intrusion, PAF jets on air defence alert were scrambled and the PAF immediately took adequate operational measures as per standard operating procedure. [76], In 2005, it was reported that two batches in the PAF Academy's flying wing contained at least ten women, with many more in the engineering and aerospace wings. Four F-16A/B being upgraded in the U.S. to F-16AM/BM had an expected delivery date of December 2011. "Rockwell Collins Awarded $30.7 Million Pakistani C-130 Upgrade Contract", "Pakistan Receiving IL-78 Refueling aircraft", "Turkey to provide 34 T-37 aircraft to Pakistan free of cost", "PAF No. Pilots of No. Again, this proved to be not viable. In 1957 the Pakistan Air Force received 100 American-built F-86 Sabres under the U.S. aid programme. The deal is expected to be concluded by September or October of 2005. A Pakistan Air Force pilot was killed on Wednesday when his F-16 fighter jet crashed in Islamabad while carrying out rehearsals for the country’s Republic Day parade to be held on March 23. In 2002, the US finally stopped trying to sell the aircraft and decided to assign them to the USAF and US Navy to fill the Aggressor role. "Embraer makes first foray into Pakistan", Air Forces Monthly, Issue 362, May 2018, page 28, List of aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force, NATO logistics operations (War in Afghanistan), International Institute for Strategic Studies, PAF Base Risalpur (Pakistan Air Force Academy). In March 1996, nine aircraft out of those which had already been manufactured for Pakistan, were sold to Indonesia. The deal would be split into two batches, one of 6 aircraft and the other of 34. Over the years, various plans were conceived for these 28 aircraft: Pakistan wanted to get the aircraft or their money back; they were offered to various nations, none of which were interested; ultimately, the US Navy and USAF entered them into service as aggressor aircraft. 31 Wing based at PAF Base Samungli to the United Arab Emirates to take part in the Air Tactics Leadership Course (ATLC)—also known as Exercise Iron Falcon—at Al Dhafra Air Base. Initially, Pakistan has requested an additional 24 new Block 50/52 F-16C/Ds (with option for as much as 55 aircraft). According to the available reports, it was designed to replace the A-5C, F-7P/PG, Mirage III, and Mirage V combat aircraft in the Pakistan Air Force. The PAF claims that it shot down 104 IAF aircraft and lost 19 of its own, while the IAF claimed it shot down 73 PAF aircraft while losing 60 of its own. However, the first … Most of these kills were by the AIM-9 Sidewinder, but at least one (a Su-22) was destroyed by cannon fire. 19 squadron also stated that the F-104 Starfighter did not deserve its reputation as "the pride of the PAF" because it "was unsuited to the tactical environment of the region. [176], In December 2009, Pakistan saw the delivery of the PAF's first Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C from Sweden and an Il-78MP aerial refuelling tanker/military transport aircraft from Ukraine. They were subsequently released after remaining in detention for some time. As part of the package, it was also agreed that the current fleet of older A/B models would get the MLU update. Airport. This was not confirmed by government figures but Pakistan's then-Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Kayani, gave a public apology on 17 April. In 1957 thirty-six-year-old Air Marshal Asghar Khan became the Pakistan Air Force's first commander-in-chief. [6] The AFFDP 2019 (Armed Forces Development Programme 2019) would oversee the extensive modernization of the PAF from 2006 to 2019.[155]. [56], Prior to the Pakistan Army's offensive into South Waziristan, the PAF attacked militant infrastructure with 500 lb and 2000 lb bombs. Pakistan was the second nation (after Israel) to use the F-16 in combat. Air Commodore Nazir Latif and Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry (both Christians) fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and later helped establish the Combat Commanders School (CCS). Indo-Pak tensions have reached boiling point in the past week, in the wake of the Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force bombing Balakot in Pakistan, and reports of planes being shot down. Date. As a result, in accordance to the Pressler amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act, which forbids military aid to any nation possessing a nuclear explosive device, the United States government announced on October 6th, 1990 that it had embargoed further arms deliveries to Pakistan. Pakistan has been in extensive talks with China to acquire between 40 and 60 upgraded fifth-generation Shenyang FC-31 stealth fighter aircraft (J-31 for short). This low air-time figure, plus the fact that these aircraft are the most modern F-16A/B's built, is the main reason why countries interested in second-hand F-16s first look at the Pakistani airframes. However, Pakistani and American officials have denied any such airlift taking place. Pakistani F-16s are also capable of firing the French AS-30 laser guided missile. [192][193], In 2005, after around one year of planning, the PAF held the High Mark 2005 military exercise which lasted for one month and also involved the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Navy. Welcome, anonymous guest! PERSONNEL of the Pakistan Air Force stand in a row near the 14 dual-seat JF-17B multi-role aircraft rolled out at a ceremony on Wednesday at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra.—AFP [166][167][168][169][170] The first batch of F-16C/D Block 52+, two F-16D and one F-16C landed at PAF Base Shahbaz, Jacobabad, on 26 June 2010. The contracts, Peace Gate I and Peace Gate II were for 6 and 34 Block 15 models respectively, which would be powered by the F100-PW-200 engine. There are 900 combat aircraft in the IAF. Sabres Over MiG Alley: The F-86 and the Battle for Air Superiority in Korea. It was stated that the exercise would consist of three stages and PAF aircraft would fly around 8200 sorties. [222], 'before we had completed more than of about 270-degree of the turn, at around 12-degree per second, all four hunters had been shot down. In September of 1989, plans were announced by Pakistan to acquire 60 more F-16A/B's. [66] Pakistan rejected India's statement, stating that no F-16s were deployed. Following the interception, a fierce dogfight ensued and Pakistani JF-17s shot down an Indian MiG-21 and Sukhoi Su-30MKI. [67] Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was piloting the MiG-21 Bison, was captured and arrested by the Pakistani military upon being shot down. [44][45], After the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the Pakistan Air Force was put on high alert in anticipation of any potential Indian accusations and offensives. Originally coming into existence following the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the SSW is heavily modelled off of the United States Air Force's Special Tactics Squadrons with some elements inspired by the United States Army Rangers. Albeit it already had the Peace Gate program, the PAF decided to choose another name since Peace Gate had too much negative commotion since the embargo of the last batch of aircraft. New Zealand agreed to pay some $105 million over 10 years to lease the fighters, providing additional funds that could be used to give Pakistan some of its money back. [52], However, the fact that so many non-stealth aircraft had entered Pakistani airspace, stayed for three hours to carry out a major operation, and that PAF jets only arrived at the location 24 minutes after the American helicopters had left made a senior PAF official term it "one of the most embarrassing incidents in Pakistan's history". Pakistani Flight Lieutenant Khalid Mahmoud is credited with three of these kills. They also have an important strike role, being capable to deliver Paveway laser-guided bombs. This 'unexpected' trouble with the Indonesian F-16 deal means a bigger problem to the Clinton administration both with respect to Pakistan and Indonesia. The war soon spilled over into neighboring Pakistan, with a horde of refugees fleeing to camps across the border in an attempt to escape the conflict. As a sign of good gesture, the US agreed to supply Pakistan with a number of F-16s who where build under the Peace Gate III/IV programs. Following its involvement in the global U.S.-led War on Terror, Pakistan released the Hindu minority in the country from the discriminatory law and granted them the same freedoms that were already present for their Christian, Sikh and other various counterparts. Dual-role aerial refeulers and freighters. Notable Urdu drama serials and films involving the PAF are Shahpar and Sherdil, which were televised on PTV and ARY Digital, respectively. Experts are of the view that the JF-17 can be used for multiple roles, including interception, ground attack, anti-ship, and aerial reconnaissance. [174], On 13 December 2008, the Government of Pakistan stated that two Indian Air Force aircraft were intercepted by the Pakistan Air Force a few kilometres inside Pakistani airspace. Since its establishment in 1947, the PAF has been involved in various combat operations, providing aerial support to the operations and relief efforts of the Pakistani military. [22], Despite the intense fighting throughout the course of the war, the conflict was effectively a stalemate and inconclusive in its result. H-19, H-43, T-6G, T-33, T-37, F-86, B-57, F-104, F-16 and C-130. [161], To upgrade the F-16A/B fleet, 32 Falcon STAR kits were purchased for the original Peace Gate I aircraft and 35 Mid-Life Update (MLU) kits were ordered, with 11 more MLU kits optional. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. "The pilot ejected safely. The ATLIS pod was first fitted to Pakistani F-16s in January 1986, thus making the F-16 the first non-European aircraft to be qualified for this pod. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis vacated the area when the offensive was announced and, eventually, over two million had to be accommodated in refugee camps. [183][184][185] The SABIR (Special Airborne Mission Installation & Response System), a FLIR system that has Brite Star II and Star Safire III EO/IR sensors installed on a C-130 saw extensive usage during the Pakistani military's operations against militants in the FATA region. Pakistan first started exploring drone technology when it acquired Falco drones from Selex Galileo for approximately $40 million in 2008. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) (Urdu: پاک فِضائیہ‎, romanized: Pāk Fìzāʾiyah; pronounced [pɑːk fɪzɑːɪjəɦ])[Note 1] is the aerial warfare branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces, tasked primarily with the aerial defence of Pakistan, with a secondary role of providing air support to the Pakistan Army and Navy when required, and a tertiary role of providing strategic airlift capability to Pakistan. 15–17. In 1983, when the first batch of F-16s reached Pakistan, ACM Shamim informed Zia of the PAF's increasing capability to effectively respond to an attack on the nuclear research facilities at Kahuta. A C-130 transport aircraft was indigenously modified for day/night ISR operations. These had originally been built for Pakistan under the Peace Gate III/IV contracts but were never delivered due to the subsequent U.S. arms embargo imposed on Pakistan in 1990. These airframes haven't been upgraded to MLU standard. Primary work horse for UAV Operations and Training Program. The Sword of Honour for best all-round performance was awarded to Aviation Cadet Saira Amin, the first female pilot to win the award. Three days later, the United States said they hoped for an 'early and fair' agreement on how to compensate Islamabad for its aborted purchase of US F-16 fighters. The unfortunate F-16 pilot (Flight Lieutenant Shahid Sikandar Khan) ejected safely. Green roundel with a small white disk in the center, all bordered yellow. In 2005, Pakistan requested 24 new Block 50/52 F-16C/Ds (with option for as much as 55 aircraft). The involvement of units from the Pakistan Army and Navy was aimed at providing more realistic operational scenarios. The main advantage is the ability to use the AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles if they were ever to be released to the PAF. Not much details are known at this moment about a possible sale of the aircraft to Pakistan. The PAF with a smaller fighter aircraft inventory is the seventh largest air force in the world and the largest in the Islamic world. Željko Heimer, 10 September 2002. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) held an "operational exercise" in its Skardu base using JF-17 jets days before India is scheduled to welcome its most advanced fighters, the Dassault Rafale aircraft. [13][14][15][16], Sajad Haider, who flew with No. The other female graduates were Mariam Khalil, Saira Batool and the above-mentioned Cadet Saba Khan. Nevertheless, the IAF is believed to have feared facing the Starfighter in combat[14] despite its lack of effectiveness in comparison to the IAF's fleet of Folland Gnats. [68] By 6 April, Pakistan had come under international scrutiny over the persistent Indian allegations of having used its F-16s to conduct its counter-offensive into Indian-administered Kashmir (which would be a severe violation of the contract terms Pakistan had agreed to with the United States upon purchasing the F-16s). In 1999 a new New Zealand government was elected who started a major reorganisation of the armed forces. [177][178][179], The PAF was reported to be considering purchasing the Chinese Hongdu L-15 advanced jet trainer to train pilots for high-tech fighters such as the FC-20. During the exercise, the PAF pilots practiced in-flight refuelling with their F-16s using the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. In August 1994, the PAF was offered the Saab JAS-39 Gripen by Sweden, but the sale did not occur because 20% of the Gripen's components were sourced from the U.S., which was still maintaining sanctions on Pakistan. Photographer. 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