Impact of Pakistan’s Air Force on India in the Present Day

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Pakistan Air Force

The RPAF was founded in 1947 with inherited Tempest fighters, Dakota transports, and Harvard and Tiger Moth trainers. Pakistan’s military and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) struggled until May 1954, when it signed its first defense pact with the USA. Pakistan joined SEATO in 1954 to fight Soviet expansionism in the region.

The Pakistani military’s wish came true when they joined SEATO and CENTO. PAF have true impact on India as the PAF swiftly grew with B 57 bombers, C 130 cargo planes, T 33 jet trainers, air-to-air missiles, F-86 and F-104 fighters, and a radar-based Air Defense (AD) system. In the seven years after 1955, the PAF progressed from obsolete armament to weapons on par with smaller Western air forces. Since the early 1950s, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pakistan Navy (PN) have remained subordinate to the Pakistan Army in both the military and political arenas and therefore, PAF impact on India is highlighted. Even while Pakistan’s military dominance is a curse, it has sped up its modernization.

Therefore, Pakistan’s membership in SEATO allowed its military personnel to learn Western methods and training programmers and to practice with American, British, and NATO forces. PAF pilots had service in the USAF and RAF. PR was invaluable. Individual officers from the Indian military attended a few courses on foreign forces and ideologies. Except for the 1963 Shiksha Air Defense Exercise, the Indian armed forces and the Indian Air Force (IAF) never participated in global exercises till 2004-2005.

Moreover, the PAF’s 1965 fleet included F-86 and F-104 fighters, B-57 bombers, and C-130 transports. Those lost could be replaced, and countries west of Pakistan, like Jordan, may offer protection from IAF raids. Western SEATO’s expected involvement never happened.

After East Pakistan, Pakistan left SEATO. Bangladesh limited the PAF’s and other militaries’ duty area. Compared to the West, where most of Pakistan’s armed forces are based, the East was defenseless in 1971.

Combat aircrafts

Turkish Aerospace Industries updated the majority of the world’s F-16 A/B fleet to Block 15 MLU between 2010 and 2014. 2010-2012 saw the purchase of F-16C/D Block 50/52s. Combined with improved air-to-air missiles, these upgrades permitted BVR and night strikes. Mirage avionics, RWR, and ECM systems were enhanced in-house under ROSE. The goal was to retain the Mirage III and V platforms until their retirement and replacement with JF-17s. Inducted are 50+ JF-17s. Pakistan exports the JF-17 fighter jet. The J-10B is a Chinese fighter jet with a troubled development history. Pakistan may buy China’s stealth warplanes if they go into production. Below is a table of military fighter classes.

Aircrafts and their capabilities

Uniquely-purposed planes

Four IL-78 MRTTs were used between 2009 and 2011. The PAF bought four AEW&C Erieye systems from Saab in 2009-2011. These systems utilize AESA radar on Saab 2000 turboprops. In 2012, militants damaged one Kamra base. Three Dassault Falcon 20s are in the ECM/ESM mission. In 2011, the Chinese Air Force received four Y-8F 600-based Shaanxi ZDK 03 (AEW&C) aircraft with AESA radars.


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