List of Pakistan Air Force squadrons

The following is an incomplete list of all active aircraft squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force, sorted by type. Squadrons are listed by their current names and roles.


Aerial Refueling SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
10 Squadron Bulls Multi-role Tanker Transport Air Defence Command 35 Composite Air Transport Wing 15 August 1959 PAF Base Nur Khan Il-78MP [1]

Aerobatics Display SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
PAF Formation Aerobatics Team Sherdils Aerobatics Display Air Defence Command College of Flying Training 17 August 1972 PAF Academy Asghar Khan K-8P

Airborne Early Warning SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
3 Squadron Angels AEW&C Northern Air Command 33 Tactical Wing 1 July 1957 PAF Base Minhas Saab 2000

Saab 2000 Erieye

[2]
4 Squadron AEW&C Southern Air Command 32 TA Wing 15 August 1959 PAF Base Masroor ZDK-03 [3]

Combat SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
2 Squadron Minhasians Multi-role Southern Air Command 32 Tactical Wing 15 April 1956 PAF Base Masroor JF-17A [4][5][6][7]
5 Squadron Falcons Multi-role Southern Air Command 39 Tactical Wing 15 August 1947 PAF Base Shahbaz F-16C/D [8]
7 Squadron Bandits Tactical Attack Southern Air Command 32 TA Wing June 1960 PAF Base Masroor Mirage III ROSE I
8 Squadron Haiders Tactical Attack Southern Air Command 32 TA Wing 11 May 1960 PAF Base Masroor Mirage 5PA2/PA3 [9]
9 Squadron Griffins Multi-role Central Air Command 38 MR Wing 3 January 1944 PAF Base Mushaf F-16AM/BM [10]
11 Squadron Arrows Multi-role Southern Air Command 39 Tactical Wing 1 January 1949 PAF Base Shahbaz F-16 AM/BM [11]
14 Squadron Tail Choppers Multi-role Northern Air Command 34 TA Wing 1 November 1948 PAF Base Rafiqui JF-17A [12][7]
15 Squadron Cobras Tactical Attack Central Air Command 34 TA Wing 5 June 1956 PAF Base Rafiqui Mirage 5PA
16 Squadron Black Panthers Multi-role Northern Air Command 33 Tactical Wing April 1957 PAF Base Minhas JF-17A [13]
17 Squadron Tigers Air Superiority Northern Air Command 36 TA Wing 1 April 1957 PAF Base Peshawar F-7PG [14]
19 Squadron Sherdils Multi-role Southern Air Command 41 Tactical Wing 1 February 1958 PAF Base Bholari F-16 ADF [15]
23 Squadron Talons Air Superiority Central Air Command No 37 Combat Training Wing 16 March 1961 PAF Base M M Alam F-7PG [14]
25 Squadron Eagles Tactical Attack Central Air Command 34 TA Wing January 1966 PAF Base Rafiqui Mirage 5 ROSE II [16][17]
26 Squadron Black Spiders Multi-role Northern Air Command 36 TA Wing 30 August 1967 PAF Base Peshawar JF-17A [18]
27 Squadron Zarrars Tactical Attack Central Air Command 34 TA Wing April 2007 PAF Base Rafiqui Mirage 5 ROSE III [19]
28 Squadron Phoenixes Multi-role Southern Air Command 38TA Wing 28 February 2018 PAF Base Samungli JF-17A [20]

Combat Commanders School SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
CCS F-7 Squadron Dashings Advanced Tactics Training Air Defence Command 38TA Wing 5 May 1976 PAF Base Mushaf F-7P [21]
CCS F-16 Squadron Vipers Advanced Tactics Training Air Defence Command 38TA Wing 1988 PAF Base Mushaf F-16
CCS JF-17 Squadron Fierce Dragons Advanced Tactics Training Air Defence Command 38TA Wing 26 January 2016 PAF Base Mushaf JF-17A [22]
CCS Mirage Squadron Sky Bolts Advanced Tactics Training Air Defence Command 38TA Wing 5 May 1976 PAF Base Mushaf Mirage III ROSE I

Electronic Warfare SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
24 Squadron Blinders EW Central Air Command 38 MR Wing December 1962 PAF Base Mushaf Falcon 20

Search and Rescue SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
81 Squadron Kangaroos SAR Northern Air Command 36 TA Wing 1965 PAF Base Peshawar Alouette III
82 Squadron Stallions Combat Support Central Air Command 38 MR Wing PAF Base Mushaf AW139
83 Squadron Kites SAR Central Air Command 34 TA Wing 1972 PAF Base Rafiqui Alouette III
84 Squadron Dolphins Combat Support Southern Air Command 32 TA Wing 1968 PAF Base Masroor AW139

Mi-171

85 Squadron Saviours SAR Southern Air Command 31 AS Wing 12 March 1968 PAF Base Samungli Alouette III
86 Squadron Ababeel SAR Northern Air Command 37 Combat Training Wing October 1983 PAF Base M. M. Alam Alouette III
87 Squadron Dragonflies SAR Northern Air Command 33 Tactical Wing July 1997 PAF Base Minhas Alouette III

Mi-171

88 Squadron Rams Combat Support Southern Air Command 39 Tactical Wing PAF Base Shahbaz AW139

Mi-171

[23]

Training SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
1 Fighter Conversion Unit Rahbers Fighter Conversion Northern Air Command 37 Combat Training Wing 28 April 1975 PAF Base M. M. Alam K-8P [24]
18 Squadron Sharp Shooters Operational Conversion Northern Air Command 37 Combat Training Wing 1 February 1958 PAF Base M. M. Alam JF-17B Thunders F-7P Skybolt (Not officially retired as of 2021) [25]
20 Squadron Cheetahs Operational Conversion Northern Air Command 37 Combat Training Wing March 1956 PAF Base M. M. Alam F-7PG
22 Squadron Ghazis Operational Conversion Southern Air Command 32 TA Wing June 1984 PAF Base Masroor Mirage IIIEL/DL
29 Squadron Aggressors Advanced Tactics Training Airpower Center of Excellence 2018 PAF Base Mushaf F-16
1 PFT Squadron Primary Training Air Defence Command Primary Flying Training Wing 1947 PAF Academy Asghar Khan Super Mushshak
2 PFT Squadron Primary Training Air Defence Command Primary Flying Training Wing 1947 PAF Academy Asghar Khan Super Mushshak
1 BFT Squadron Basic Training Air Defence Command Basic Flying Training Wing PAF Academy Asghar Khan T-37B/C
2 BFT Squadron Basic Training Air Defence Command Basic Flying Training Wing PAF Academy Asghar Khan T-37B/C
1 AJT Squadron Advanced Training Air Defence Command Advanced Jet Training Wing PAF Academy Asghar Khan K-8P
Flying Instructors School Instructor Training Air Defence Command College of Flying Training 15 April 1952 PAF Academy Asghar Khan T-37 [26]
Helicopter Flying Training School Helicopter Conversion Northern Air Command 36 TA Wing 1995 PAF Base Peshawar Alouette III [27]
Shooter Squadron LIFT Northern Air Command 37 Combat Training Wing 11 December 2017 PAF Base M. M. Alam F-7P
Transport Conversion School Transport Conversion Air Defence Command 35 Composite Air Transport School April 1975 PAF Base Nur Khan C-130 [28]

Transport SquadronsEdit

Squadron Nickname Role Command Wing Date Established Base Aircraft Notes
6 Squadron Antelopes Air Transport Air Defence Command 35 Composite Air Transport Wing 14 August 1947 PAF Base Nur Khan C-130B/E/L-100
12 Squadron Globe Trotters VIP Transport Air Defence Command 35 Composite Air Transport Wing March 1950 PAF Base Nur Khan GIV-SP

Citation Excel

21 Squadron Burraqs Air Transport 40 Air Mobility Wing 15 November 2006 PAF Base Faisal C-130E

Saab 2000

41 Squadron VIP Light Communication Air Defence Command 35 Composite Air Transport Wing June 1966 PAF Base Nur Khan Phenom 100

Y-12II

52 Squadron Markhors Air Transport Air Defence Command 35 Composite Air Transport Wing 14 March 2020 PAF Base Nur Khan CN-235-220

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Warnes, Alan (July 2010). "On The Edge". Air Forces Monthly. United Kingdom: Key Publishing Limited (July 2010): Page 56. Archived from the original on 6 June 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. Last year saw the delivery of the first Il-78 Midas air-to-air refueller and also the first Russian aircraft into the inventory – hence the R in front of the serial. The newly established 10 Multi Role Tanker Transport Sqn at Chaklala operates the aircraft, which will be joined by a second example.
  2. ^ Warnes, Alan (July 2010). "On The Edge". Air Forces Monthly. United Kingdom: Key Publishing Limited (July 2010): Page 59. Archived from the original on 6 June 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. After years of trying to acquire a much needed airborne early warning platform, Pakistan's first Saab 2000 Erieye was officially inducted into service, with 13 Squadron, on December 29, 2009. A second example followed in late April and the third and fourth will follow by the end of the year.
  3. ^ "Pakistan Air Force commissions Karakoram Eagle AWACS aircraft". Airforce Technology. 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  4. ^ "Pakistan's PAF Re-equip Squadron No 2 Minhas With JF-17". Archived from the original on 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ Pike, John. "Squadron". globalsecurity.org. Archived from the original on 2016-12-29.
  6. ^ Dawn.com, APP (20 August 2015). "44 years ago today: Rashid Minhas takes his plane down for Pakistan". dawn.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b Herk, Hans van. "Pakistan JF-17 Thunder unit shuffles". www.scramble.nl. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  8. ^ "Pakistan receives last batch of F-16 combat jets". www.f-16.net. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  9. ^ Gp Capt SULTAN M HALI. "B-57 THE INTREPID BOMBER OF PAF". Defence Journal. Archived from the original on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  10. ^ "9 sqn "Griffins" (PAF)". www.f-16.net. Archived from the original on 29 June 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  11. ^ "F-16 Units - PAF 11th squadron". www.f-16.net. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  12. ^ Dawn.com (2017-02-16). "PAF No.14 'Tail choppers' Squadron re-equipped with JF-17 Thunder jets". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  13. ^ "JF-17 build-up progresses". 12 April 2011. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-02-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Pakistan receives first five F-16s from Jordan". www.f-16.net. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2016-12-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Fighterpilotuniversity.com". www.fighterpilotuniversity.com. Archived from the original on 2016-12-30.
  18. ^ Warnes, Alan (July 2011). "JF-17 – Thunder from the East". Air Forces Monthly. Key Publishing (#280): 47–70.
  19. ^ "New Fighter Squadron added to Pakistan Air Force". Article. Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan Times. April 2007. Archived from the original on 7 July 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  20. ^ "PAF raises new JF-17 squadron at Samungli". geo.tv. Archived from the original on 2018-03-01.
  21. ^ "History of F-6". [www.f-6fighter.com f-6fighter.com]. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  22. ^ "Pride of Pakistan JF-17 Thunder inducted into PAF CCS". The Nation. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ "PAKISTAN AIR FORCE – Official website". www.paf.gov.pk. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31.
  25. ^ https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRatf89ANpJGOeJ6afQwlg8WF-pZ6L5Kao9lA&usqp=CAU. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Flying Instructors School (FIS)". www.joinpaf.gov.pk. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  27. ^ "Helicopter Flying Training School". www.joinpaf.gov.pk. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  28. ^ "Transport Conversion School". www.joinpaf.gov.pk. Retrieved 2020-04-04.

External LinksEdit

Pakistan Air Force Order of Battle

Pakistan Air Force Squadrons

Pakistan Air Force Museum