PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air Chief

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    RAWALPINDI: Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Tahir Rafiq Butt says that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) must prepare for a two-front situation in view of its combat role in the anti- terrorism campaign, which has evolved since the 9/11 attacks on the US, and in addition to its traditional adversarial role as India’s neighbour.

    “Airpower can achieve much more in a short span of time if employed with clear understanding of its capabilities,” he said in an interview to Defence Jane’s Weekly.
    “Its inherent flexibility has enabled nation states to successfully deter their conventional adversaries as well as prosecute irregular outfits.”

    The air chief said that while it always had to be prepared for the external threat, it now had to reconfigure itself to deal with an internal threat too.

    “We are now faced with a definite two-front scenario: external as well as internal.”
    While claiming that the PAF has proven itself to learn quickly on the job, Butt conceded that it did take them some time to get up to speed with the new challenge.

    “While we have always prepared for the traditional and ominous external threat, the new predicament did take us a while to get up to speed with, but …we did manage to learn on the job quickly and are very efficiently supporting our ground troops in all their operations against militants and terrorists.”


    PAF seeks to enhance JF-17 capabilities

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is seeking to enhance its latest multi-role fighter, trying to enable the JF-17 aircraft to refuel in mid-air, even though it remains open to procuring the more established and technologically advanced F-16 fighter jets.

    Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafiq Butt in an interview to Defence Jane’s Weekly said that the PAF was enhancing the JF-17 Thunder, jointly produced by Pakistan and China, and its flight time through the Ilyushin Il-78 air tankers, with the tests set to be completed by the end of the summer.

    “The ground tests have been very successful and I am satisfied. The air-to-air (refueling test) will be done successfully by end of this summer.”

    Pakistan had acquired refueling air tankers Ilyushin II-78 from Ukraine back in 2010. The tankers are now synchronising with medium-to-high tech multi-role aircraft in the PAF fleet, enhancing their capability to stay in the air for longer periods.

    “The JF-17 program has been an excellent project to pursue, owing to the hard work put in by our engineers, technicians and test pilots,” the Air Chief said, adding “all this would also not have been possible without the cooperation of China.”

    The JF-17 Thunder programme was jointly pursued by Pakistan and China to give Pakistan a third generation mutli-role aircraft that will replace its ageing fleet of French-made Mirage aircrafts and supplement its powerful, yet limited US built F-16 fighters. The PAF hoped that with an attractive price tag, the JF-17’s capability of carrying a variety of weapons, it would in time ” become the PAF’s mainstay.”

    Butt said that the PAF plans to induct between 200 and 250 JF-17 aircraft in an airforce which has an estimated strength of 400 fighter aircrafts.

    Possibility for more F-16 buys

    The PAF has come under pressure recently after traditional and conventional rival India stepped up efforts to upgrade its airforce last year with a major order for fighters made by Rafale.

    The most advanced aircraft in the PAF fleet which can match this is the Lockheed Martin made F-16. Most of the F-16 fleet that the PAF had till early 2000s were Block 32 A and B aircraft purchased in the 1980s. It wasn’t till the late 2000s that the US Congress eased restrictions for Pakistan to upgrade the older aircrafts and purchases for new Block 52 D and C aircraft.

    The Air Chief said that PAF has also been maintaining and operating a sizeable fleet of US F-16 aircraft for a considerable time and its air and ground crews were fairly experienced in handling the weapon system.

    “The PAF received its last batch of F-16s in the recent past and even now there are US Congressional clearances available for the provision of additional F-16 aircraft. Owing to requirements, compulsions in the future, there exists a possibility of acquisition of additional F-16 aircraft,” he said.

    But with the F-16s touted by some experts as an antiquated weapons platform in light of fourth generation aircraft being developed in the US, Russia and China and recent purchases made by India, Butt said that options are still open on the purchase of high tech weapons systems.

    Chinese AWACs

    Answering a question regarding the induction of Chinese-built ZDK-03 airborne early warning and control (AWACs) aircraft, Butt said it has so far shown that the platform’s capabilities work well over sea, plains and mountainous terrain.

    Pakistan has four US built P-3C Orion AWACs aircraft. At least two of the aircrafts in Pakistan’s fleet were destroyed in the 2011 attack on the Mehran airbase in Karachi. The US agreed to replace the two destroyed aircraft.




    PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air Chief – The Express Tribune
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    Plans are to induct upto 200-250 JFT and additional F-16 if possible
     
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    Oh dear! did he just said that JF-17 are no match for Rafale?
    JF-17 fans must commit suicide.

    PS: No aircraft is made by Rafale. They are made by Dassault.

    So, somebody needs to keep himself updated.
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    ofcourse the ACM must know but the journalist are not good at thsi matters.

    JF-17 is all good in replacing the older fleet and giving PAF a fighter aircraft with Good A2A and A2G along with Sead and Ashm capability.
     
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    250 JF-17 to theek ha par F-16?? how is it possible???
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    32 embargoed f-16 of paf are still serving the usaf.

    and additional 14 were agreed by usa in 2010.

    initially before the 2005 earth quake the total order for f-16 was 111
     
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    Pakistan should induct/ purchase some 500 F-35 :smokin:
     
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    at that time u were sleeping with america(WOT) and that was also pre osama period.. aab ki baat kar. now when bed partner has changed, dont expect from america from now
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    Not long ago this was posted in this forum.

    PAF suspends “Air Force Development Plan 2025,” says report - DAWN.COM

    Plans are all good, but Paisa no nahi hai.
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    @farhan_9909 so it will be two front war, with India on one side and internal war in Pakistan in 2015.

    in between US is jumping inside Pakistan to take out High value targets and low value targets using Pakistan's National bird.
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    Yeah poor sub-continent journs.( maybe)
    BTW have you raised third sqdn. of JF-17?
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    par farhaan miya ha ki manta nahi:rofl::rofl:

    on topic PAF can not face 2 enemies in 2 face war.after gawadar, pakis will lease/ sell 1 or 2 air bases to china for their safety:p:p
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    bed partner? these things are alien to pakistan though part of kamusatra aka india also called as the land of kamasutra

    USA is all about to abondon afghanistan..this is the reason they have not carry out any development project in afghanistan aprt from destroying the already built.

    Pakistan plan is well succeeded if we look at afghanistan
     
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    Even if happened let suppose
    or let me say in akbar owaisi style

    Nuqsaan kiska hay?bole ray?kiska?

    Modi ka follower ka
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    Pakistan Air Forces (PAF), has been allocated Rs.114 billion, with an increase of Rs.6 billion, as compared to previous year’s Rs.108 billion; out of which Rs.24.80 billion have been allotted in salaries, and Rs.22 .71 for running expenses

    Read more: Defence Budget For FY-2012-2013 Announced ~ Pakistan Military Review

    this is last year 66.4 billion only for rest of the things.
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    Meanwhile air refueling of JF-17 to start within the next few months
     
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    ok let me say in my style. "" pass ke fayde se, door ka nuksaan dekhna jayada zaroori ha""
     
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    He didn't talk about J-10.
    Is that plan shelved?

    Your Chinese brothers will not like it.
    China maal ka Toheen!
     
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    Re: PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air C

    Well he already said More f-16 and almost a increase of 100 JFT from older 150 to possibly 250 JFT.

    or in total 400 Modern fighter aircrafts.
     

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