Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is one of the strongest air forces in the world. As per the 2021 report released by the International Institute of Strategic Institute (IISS), the PAF is based on a team of more than 70,000 highly trained active-duty personnel.
Pakistan Air Force Aircraft are 970 in total which are operational aircraft ensuring the aerial defence of Pakistan including support through aerial and ground.
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List of Pakistan Air Force Aircraft
Before taking a detailed look at Pakistani fighter jets, let’s explore what makes the defence mechanism of these jets in Pakistan Air Force Aircraft so robust.
- F-7/J-7 Airguard
- JF-17 Xiaolong/Thunder
- Mirage III
- Mirage V
- F-16A/B Fighting Falcon
- F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
- Q-5 Fantan
- C-130 Hercules
- A-37 Dragonfly
- K-8 Karakorum
- Alouette III
- 330L Puma
- 206 Jet Ranger
- AH-1 Cobra
- UH-1 Huey
- Mi-8 / 17 Hip
- Sea King
Special Purpose Aircraft
- P-3 Orion
Fighter / Attack Aircraft in Pakistan Air Force Aircraft
Here, Pakistan Air Force Aircraft fighter jet list is given in detail with each role and capacity:
F-7 / J-7 Aircraft has following features among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft;
- It is China Made.
- It is a license-built version of the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich.
- It has many similarities with MIIG-21.
- It has short range missiles, infrared homing, and air to air missiles system.
- It is also being used for air support.
- It has main role in Pakistan Air Force.
- In 2013, its production has been stopped and new aircraft which is JF-17 has been given for future to Pakistan Air Force.
J-10c Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is new PAF aircraft included in the 2022.
- The Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon is a medium-weight.
- It is a single-engine, multirole combat aircraft capable of all-weather operations.
- It is a configured with a delta wing and canard design.
- It is fly-by-wire flight controls, and produced by the Chengdu.
- It has range 1,850 km.
- It has weight 9,750 kg.
- It is manufacturer by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group.
- This first flight is March 23, 1998.
- It has engine types Turbofan, Saturn AL-31.
JF-17 Xiaolong/Thunder among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a lightweight, single-engine.
- It has developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).
- It can be used for multiple roles (multirole combat aircraft).
- It has powered by a Guizhou WS-13 or Klimov RD-93.
- It has a top speed of Mach 1.6.
- It was introduced by 12 March 2007.
- It is produced by In China: June 2007 – present
In Pakistan: January 2008 – present.
- It has a National origin in Pakistan/China.
Mirage III Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It has a family of single/dual-seat, single-engine.
- It is developed and manufactured by French Aircraft Company Dassault Aviation.
- It was the first Western European combat aircraft to exceed Mach 2 in horizontal flight.
- This was achieved on 24 October 1958.
- It has introduced by 1961.
- It has role on Interceptor aircraft.
- This first flight is 17 November 1956.
- It has National origin in France.
Mirage V Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a French supersonic attack aircraft.
- It has designed by Dassault Aviation.
- It has range 4,000km.
- It has weight 7,150kg.
- This length is 16m.
- It is manufactured by Dassault Aviation.
- The number of seats on this aircraft is 2.
- The first flight on May 19, 1967.
- The engine type on this aircraft is Turbojet.
F-16A / B Fighting Falcon
F-16A/B Fighting Falcon among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It has a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft.
- It was originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF).
- It has designed as an air superiority day fighter.
- It was over 4,600 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976.
- It has range on 3,862 km.
- This top speed is 2,511 km/h.
- This first flight is January 20, 1974.
- The number of seats on this Aircraft is 2.
- It has manufacturer byGeneral Dynamics Corp.
- The Unit cost is 1,460,000–14,600,000 USD (1998).
F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
F-16C/D Fighting Falcon Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a large number of variants of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
- It has been produced by General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin.
- It has number built 4,500+.
- It has introduced in 17 August on 1978.
- It first flight on 20 January 1974.
- In this role is Multirolefighter aircraft.
- It was developed into Vought Model 1600,General Dynamics F-16XL,Mitsubishi F-2.
- It also primary users United States Air Force 25 other users.
- It has National origin United States.
- In this top speed is 2,124 km/h.
- In this unit cost is 18,800,000–18,800,000 USD (1998).
- In this aircrafts number of seats is 2.
Q-5 Fantan Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a single-seat, twin-engine supersonic fighter.
- It has developed by the Nanchang Aircraft Company of China.
- It has also 60 aircraft of this class acquired by Pakistan, as of mid-1999 only 49 remained in service.
- It is the latest renovated type equipped with imported navigation and attack systems.
- It has also used mainly to assist ground troops in attacking concentrated targets on land.
- It can also intercept and fight enemy aircraft.
- It has two WP-6 after burning type of turbojet engines, a fuselage 15,65 meters long, a height of 4.33 meters, and a wingspan of 9,68 meters.
- It has maximum takeoff load is 11,300 kg.
- It carries cannon in each wing, mounted near the fuselage, and it can be loaded with air to air weapons.
- It also can carry bombs and canisters in its hold and various kinds of bombs, rockets and spare fuel tanks in the racks under its wings.
Transport Aircraft of Pakistan Air Force Aircraft
Y-11 Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is basically PAF transport aircraft.
- It is a light twin-piston engine light transport aircraft.
- It has developed by the Chinese aviation industry.
- In 1974, China Harbin Aircraft Factory (abbreviation: Hafei) proposed.
- It has first flight was successful on December 30, 1975.
- The Y-11 transport aircraft has good low-speed performance, wide cockpit, good vision, low take-off and landing requirements, and easy use and maintenance.
- It has approval of the State Council of China; Hafei formed an agricultural aviation service team for the Y-11 aircraft.
- In November 1974 the government assigned a task to the Harbin Aircraft Factory to develop a small transport Y-11 and Xiong Wenjie was appointed chief designer.
- It has full size airframe static test was passed on December 19.
- The design drawings were completed in June 1975.
- It has Production Y-11s were built from 1980.
Y-12 Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a high wing twin-engine turboprop utility aircraft built by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG).
- It has manufacturer by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group.
- It has National origin in China.
- This first flight is 14 July 1982.
- It was produced by 1985-present.
- It has developed by Harbin Y-11.
- It has primary user People’s Liberation Army Air Force.
- It has design featured numerous improvements including a redesigned wing with a new low drag section, a larger fuselage and bonded rather than riveted construction.
- It also replaced the radial piston engines with turboprops.
CN-235 Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a medium-range twin-engined transport aircraft.
- It was jointly developed by CASA of Spain and Indonesian.
- It has manufacturer IPTN.
- It is operated as both a regional airliner and military transport.
- It has primary military roles include air transport and aerial surveillance.
- This range is 4,355 km.
- It has wingspan 26 m.
- It has Top speed 445 km/h.
- It has length 21 km.
- It has Engine type General electric T700.
- Its Weight is 9,800 kg.
PAF C-130 Hercules Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
- It is designed and built by Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin).
- It was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft.
- The versatile airframe has found uses in other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130).
- It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide.
- It has more than 40 variants of the Hercules, including civilian versions marketed as the Lockheed L-100, operate in more than 60 nations.
- The C-130 entered service with the U.S. in 1956, followed by Australia and many other nations.
- During its years of service, the Hercules has participated in numerous military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations.
- In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft to mark 50 years of continuous service with its original primary customer.
- This for the C-130 is the United States Air Force.
- It has the longest continuously produced military aircraft at more than 60 years, with the updated Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules currently being produced.
Trainer Aircraft in Pakistan Air Force Aircraft
A-37 Dragonfly among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is an American light attack aircraft.
- It has developed from the T-37 Tweet basic trainer in the 1960s and 1970s by Cessna of Wichita, Kansas.
- It was introduced during the Vietnam War and remained in peacetime service afterward.
- It has role light ground –attack aircraft.
- It has manufacturer by Cessna.
- It has Primary users United States Air Force, Republic of Vietnam Air Force, Chilean Air Force, and Peruvian Air Force.
- It first flight October 1964.
- It National origin United States.
- It was produced by 1963-1975.
- The number built is 577.
K-8 Karakorum among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It also known as the Karakorum-8 or K-8 for short is a two-seat intermediate jet trainer and a light attack.
- This aircraft designed in the People’s Republic of China by China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.
- The primary contractor is the Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation (Pakistan Aeronautical complex).
- It has role on jet trainer and light attack.
- It first flight 21 November 1990.
- It also Primary users PLA Air Force, Pakistan Air Force, Egyptian Air Force, Myanmar Air Force.
- It was produced by 1990-present.
- The number of built is 500+.
Helicopters in Pakistan Air Force Aircraft
Alouette III among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- The Aerospatiale Alouette III is a single-engine, light utility helicopter.
- It was developed by French aircraft company Sud Aviation.
- During its production life, it proved to be a relatively popular rotorcraft; including multiple licensed manufacturers, more than 2,000 units were built.
- It was developed as an enlarged derivative of the earlier and highly successful Alouette II.
- It has Further variants were also developed; amongst these was a high-altitude derivative, designated as the SA 315B Lama.
- This entered operational service during July 1971.
- It was principally manufactured by Aerospatiale; the type was also built under licence by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in India.
- It was used to perform missions such as aerial observation, photography, air-sea rescue, liaison, transport and training.
- It could also be armed with anti-tank missiles, anti-shipping torpedoes, and fixed cannon.
- By the 2010s, many operators were in the process of drawing down their fleets and replacing them with more modern types.
- The French military intend to replace their Alouette IIIs with the newly developed Airbus Helicopters H160.
SA.330L Puma among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a four-bladed, twin-engined medium transport/utility helicopter.
- It was designed and originally produced by the French aerospace manufacturer Sud Aviation.
- It is capable of carrying up to 20 passengers as well as a variety of cargoes, either internally or externally; numerous armaments.
- It also been outfitted to some helicopters.
- It was originally developed as an all-new design during the mid-1960s in response to a French Army requirement for a medium-sized all-weather helicopter.
- On 15 April 1965, the first prototype Puma made its maiden flight.
- The first production helicopter flew during September 1968.
- It has deliveries to the French Army commenced in early 1969.
- It has type quickly proved it to be a commercial success.
- It Production of the Puma continued into the 1980s under Sub Aviation’s successor company Aerospatiale.
- It was also license-produced in Romania as the IAR 330; two unlicensed derivatives, the Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter.
- It has Atlas Oryx utility helicopter, were built in South Africa.
206 Jet Ranger
206 Jet Ranger Aircraft among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a family of two-bladed, single- and twin-engined helicopters.
- It is manufactured by Bell Helicopter at its Mirabel, Quebec, plant.
- It has originally developed as the Bell YOH-4 for the United States Army’s Light Observation Helicopter program.
- It was not selected by the Army.
- The new design was eventually selected by the Army as the OH-58 Kiowa.
- It also developed a seven-place Long Ranger.
- It was later offered with a twin-engined option as the Twin Ranger, while Tridair Helicopters offers a similar conversion of the Long Ranger called the Gemini
- The ICAO-assigned model designation “B06” is used on flight plans for the Jet Ranger and Long Ranger.
- And the designation “B06T” is used for the twin-engined Twin Rangers.
AH-1 Cobra among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a single-engined attack helicopter.
- It has developed and manufactured by the American rotorcraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter.
- It a member of the prolific Huey family, the AH-1 is also referred to as the HueyCobra or Snake.
- It was rapidly developed as an interim gunship in response to the United States Army’s needs in the Vietnam War.
- It has used the same engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois.
- The original AH-1, being a dedicated attack helicopter, came equipped with stub wings for various weapons, a chin-mounted gun turret.
- It was operated by a pilot and gunner.
- On 7 September 1965, the Model 209 prototype performed its maiden flight.
- And after rapidly gaining the support of various senior officials, quantity production of the type proceeded rapidly with little revision.
- It also opted to acquire the type, particularly the United States Marine Corps.
- At June 1967, the first examples of the AH-1 entered service with the US Army and was promptly deployed to the Vietnam theatre.
UH-1 Huey among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a utility military helicopter.
- It was designed and produced by the American aerospace company Bell Helicopter.
- It is the first member of the prolific Huey family, as well as the first turbine-powered helicopter in service with the United States military.
- It was development of the Iroquois started in the early 1950s, a major impetus being a requirement issued by the United States Army for a new medical evacuation and utility helicopter.
- In the first flown on 20 October 1956, was warmly received, particularly for the performance of its single turbo shaft engine over piston engine-powered counterparts.
- An initial production contract for 100 HU-1As was issued in March 1960.
- It was stretched version of the Iroquois, first flown during August 1961.
- It was also produced in response to Army demands for a version than could accommodate more troops.
- The Iroquois was first used in combat operations during the Vietnam War.
- In the first examples being deployed in March 1962.
- It was used for various purposes, conducting general support, air assault, cargo transport, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, electronic warfare, and ground attack missions.
Mi-8 / 17 Hip
Mi-8 / 17 Hip among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a medium twin-turbine helicopter.
- It has originally designed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s.
- It was introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1968.
- It is now produced by Russia.
- It addition to its most common role as a transport helicopter.
- The Mi-8 is also used as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform.
- It has more powerful Mil Mi-17, the Mi-8 is among the world’s most-produced helicopters.
- It used by over 50 countries.
- On 2015, when combined the two helicopters are the third most common operational military aircraft in the world.
Sea King among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter.
- It the same name, built by Westland Helicopters.
- The aircraft differs considerably from the American version, with Rolls-Royce Gnome engines (derived from the US General Electric T58).
- It was British-made anti-submarine warfare systems and a fully computerized flight control system.
- It was primarily designed for performing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions.
- A Sea King variant known as the Commando was devised by Westland to serve as a troop transport.
- It the British service, the Westland Sea King provided a wide range of services in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.
- The Sea King is perhaps most well known in its capacity as a Royal Navy Search and Rescue (red and grey livery) and RAF Search and Rescue Force (yellow livery) helicopter.
- It was also adapted to meet the Royal Navy’s requirement for a ship-based airborne early warning platform.
- On 26 September 2018, the last remaining Sea King variant in Royal Navy service was retired.
Lynx among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a British multi-purpose twin-engined military helicopter.
- It has designed and built by Westland Helicopters at its factory in Yeovil.
- It originally intended as a utility craft for both civil and naval usage, military interest led to the development of both battlefield and naval variants.
- It went into operational usage in 1977.
- It was later adopted by the armed forces of over a dozen nations, primarily serving in the battlefield utility, anti-armour, search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare roles.
- It is a fully aerobatic helicopter with the ability to perform loops and rolls.
- In 1986, a specially modified Lynx set the current Federation Aéronautique International’s official airspeed record for helicopters (category excludes compound helicopters) at 400.87 km/h (249.09 mph).
- It remains unbroken as of January 2022.
- It was produced as a civil utility helicopter.
- It was not a commercial success and only a small number were built during the 1980s.
Special Purpose Aircraft in Pakistan Air Force Aircraft
Bregut Atlantique among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a long-range maritime patrol aircraft.
- It is designed and manufactured by French aircraft manufacturer Breguet Aviation.
- It designed in response to a 1958 NATO specification as a replacement for the Lockheed P2V Neptune; Breguet’s submission.
- It was declared the winner over several competing bids.
- At produce the Atlantic, a multinational consortium, Société d’Étude et de Construction de Breguet Atlantic (SECBAT), was established.
- It follow-on orders from export customers followed shortly thereafter.
- It was first introduced to operational service during 1965.
- It has been operated by a number of countries, commonly performing maritime roles such as reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare.
- It is also capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions to perform ground-attack missions.
- It a small number of aircraft were also equipped to perform ELINT operations.
- An updated version, the Atlantique 2 or ATL2.
- It was produced by Dassault Aviation for the French Navy in the 1980s.
- It was proposed during the 1990s but ultimately unbuilt.
P-3 Orion among Pakistan Air Force Aircraft has following features;
- It is a four-engined, turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft.
- It has developed for the United States Navy.
- It has introduced in the 1960s.
- At based it on the L-188 Electra commercial airliner.
- The aircraft is easily distinguished from the Electra by its distinctive tail stinger or “MAD” boom, used for the magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) of submarines.
- Over the years, the aircraft has seen numerous design developments, most notably in its electronics packages.
- It has numerous navies and air forces around the world continue to use.
- The P-3 Orion, primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
- A total of 757 P-3s have been built.
- In 2012, it joined the handful of military aircraft including the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, Lockheed C-130 Hercules and the Lockheed U-2 that the United States military has been using for more than 50 years.
- The Boeing P-8 Poseidon will eventually replace the U.S. Navy’s remaining P-3C aircraft.