Military Installations of China, Pakistan & other countries on Google Earth

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Starting this thread as a reference point for military bases, key infrastructure and other points of interest of Pakistan and China on Google Earth.

Whoever is posting anything here, kindly post screenshots and coordinates both.

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There is already this thread going on BRF. Posting it here for more perspectives an for some points and places people might miss there.

If images are not visible here, kindly check http://jjamwal.in/yayavar/military-installations-on-google-earth/
 
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]Chandhar Air Force Base, Punjab, Pakistan.

LAT: 32° 4'41.87"N
LONG: 73°47'26.50"E











https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandhar_Air_Force_Base
The airport lies at an elevation of 620 feet (189 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 05/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 9,000 by 75 feet (2,743 m × 23 m)

This airstrip has minimal infrastructure. But there are multiple what seem to be underground aircraft shelters. It is less than 80 km from Indian border.
 

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Allama Iqbal International Airport
PAF Base Lahore

LAT: 31°31'14.79"N
LONG: 74°24'33.42"E




Civilian terminal


Some seemingly abandoned aircraft



Towards cantt area.


Distance from IB : 16 km

It doesn't seem to be an important air force base strategically.


PAF Base Lahore is a non-flying Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1] It is one of the oldest air force bases in Pakistan, originally functioning as a maintenance depot for the Royal Indian Air Force during the days of the British Raj. After independence, it remained a small base used primarily for aircraft maintenance.

History
In 1950, a transport squadron consisting of Dakotas and Bristol Freighters moved into the base from Peshawar before eventually relocating to Chaklala in 1960. From 1949 to 1959, an air force central medical board was also present at the base, responsible for medical certification of PAF aircrews.

Throughout the early 1950s, a University Air Squadron and the Shaheen Air Training Corps established their activities in Lahore for aviation education purposes and pilot recruitment programmes. The base also served as a regional control centre for aviation.[2] In 1960, as part of efforts to make Lahore an air defence base, a number of observer units were shifted to the base. In 1961, for the first time, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Super Constellation aircraft made its landing at the airport. The PAF loaned its northern hangar to the PIA to be converted into a civilian terminal building. The runway of the base was extended and improved to facilitate larger aircraft.[2]

In 1978, with the arrival of radar technologies in the country, the Lahore base served as a center for training officers on using equipment.[2] An air defence modernization school, now renamed Air Defence System School (ADSS) was established at the PAF Base Lahore in 1978, with a primary aim of imparting aviation training to PAF technicians, operators, engineers and controllers, which includes training courses on "high power radars, communication, uninterrupted power supply systems, power generators" and other equipment.[3][2] The school was later shifted to Walton Airport in 1987 and then to PAF Base Mushaf, where it presently continues to function.[2]

Present use
There is an operations wing present at the base today which provides an all-year air defence cover.[2] The Lahore air base is frequently used for receiving foreign air force dignitaries. Each year, Air Force Day celebrations are conducted at the base. The festivities attract a large number of spectators and retired PAF personnel.[2] The Fazaia Inter College of the Pakistan Air Force is situated next to the base.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAF_Base_Lahore
 

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PAF Base Mushaf, Sargodha. Pakistan

LAT: 32° 2'53.46"N
LONG: 72°39'53.47"E
This base numerous aircraft shelters of different designs spread in all directions.
Distance from IB 176 km.







Underground shelters ?


A helicopter in lower lest corner

These look like aircraft shelters with a blast wall in middle.


Aircraft shelters right next to a seemingly decrepit housing colony.




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAF_Base_Mushaf

PAF Base Mushaf (formerly PAF Base Sargodha) (IATA: SGI, ICAO: OPSR) is a Pakistan Air Force airbase located at Sargodha in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the headquarters of the PAF Central Air Command.

It was known as PAF Base Sargodha until 2003, when it was renamed in honour of former Base Commander and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir,[1] whose aeroplane crashed on a routine flight near Kohat the same year.

The Combat Commanders School (CCS) has four aims:[2]

Research and development in the field of tactics.
Application of flying tactics.
Utilisation of weapon systems.
Standardisation and evaluation of various units.
Pilots are normally selected to undergo training at the CCS after around 9 to 12 years of service with the PAF. Once selected by the Air Headquarters they undergo three courses: the 4-5 month Combat Commanders Course, the 3 month Weapons Course and the 4-5 week Fighter Integration Course. These courses are reputed to be very tough and some pilots fail them. The successful graduates can go on to attain the rank of Wing Commander and command a squadron.[2]

Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) at the CCS is renowned "throughout the world" for giving complete freedom and responsibility to participating pilots for forming and executing their mission plans. Combat missions are regularly flown at tree-top height and pilots are also responsible for their own post-flight learning. Foreign Chiefs of Air Staff visiting the base have been "most impressed" and "showed surprise at the freedom allotted to the student DACT pilots." [2]

CCS has two squadrons under its command, the Skybolts currently flying the Dassault Mirage III/5 and the Dashings currently flying the Chengdu F-7P.

CCS staff pay annual visits to all PAF fighter squadrons to evaluate and enhance combat capabilities. In June 1990 the Squadron Combat Upgradation Programme (SCUP) was initiated and four month-long cycles were conducted by October 1990, each involving two fighter squadrons, F-16 pilots and ground controllers. SCUP was replaced by the regular Exercise Saffron Bandit in 1992, which is a more demanding and complicated near-realistic environment for participating pilots. Exercise Saffron Bandit is still supervised and its syllabus constantly improved by the CCS
On 1 November 2007 a suicide bomber struck the 50-seat bus carrying PAF officers to nearby Kirana Ammunition Depot, killing 11 people (including 7 officers) and injuring 28. The bombing took place on Faisalabad Road, where a motorcycle loaded with explosives rammed the bus and triggered the blast. All the officers were new recruits posted to PAFB Mushaf for training.[4] This was the last major attack before the 2007 state of emergency was imposed on the country.

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PAF Base Mushaf, Sargodha. Pakistan 2




Some old aircaft on display

Possible SAM or AD site ? It has not changed from 2004.


Radar

Snapshot from 2004 showing various fighter aircraft on ground




AD site 1

AD site 2

AD site 3, some digging going on nearby
 

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PAF Base Mushaf, Sargodha. Pakistan 3


Probably another decommissioned aircraft


Possible underground bunkers for weapons storage.



Some strange earthen structure near western boundary
 

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Name: Sukkur Airport (IATA: SKZ, ICAO: OPSK)

Type: FOB (Forward Operating Base) and a small domestic airport.

Location: Sindh, Pakistan.

Coordinates: 27°43′19″N 68°47′30″E

Sukkur Airfield is a dual use airport, but has limited military traffic. It is very near to the Thar desert. The barrage shown above was a possible target for Indian offensive in 1971 as it is a vital piece of infrastructure irrigating much of the agricultural land nearby.




Sukkur Distance from International Border 97 km



Sukkur airstrip 2.76km



Aircraft shelters on end of runway




4 more aircraft shelters



Sukkur Airfield, some construction is going on in April 2017



Possibly hardened bunkers at end of the airstrip




A twin engined aircraft on airstrip in front of hangars




Unidentified structures
 

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Sukkur Airport 2


Swampy area near end of airstrip which gets flooded during monsoons



Sukkur barrage and bridge over Indus River




A small aircraft parked near the terminal



Barrage on Indus river
 

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Name: Peshawar Airbase

Type: Military airbase with an adjacent civilian airport.

Location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa., Pakistan.

Coordinates: 33°59’57.74″N 71°30’53.90″E

Occupants: No. 26 and 16 squadrons of PAF operating JF-17 fighters

Peshawar airbase. Distance from LoC 218 km



Peshawar airbase. airstrip 2.65 km length




F-86 or F-6 ?


Aircraft on ground 2. Possibly A-5 fighter Near hardened shelter



Aircraft on ground 3. JF-17 on Taxiway


Aircraft on ground 4. A-5 Near hardened shelters and helicopter (unidentified) base


Aircraft on ground 5. 3 JF-17 near shelters.






Peshawar is one of the more important bases for PAF and houses 2 squadrons of their frontline JF-17 fighters. This airbase has been the target for 2 major islamist terrorist attacks in 2007 and 2012. In 2015, adjoining Camp Badaber also suffered an attack with 29 causalities. This base was used by the 6937th Communications Group of United States Air Force from July 17, 1959 until January 7, 1970
 

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Peshawar Airbase 2



Aircraft on ground 6. Possible decommissioned Shenyang F-6,



Aircraft on ground 7 from 2014. These hardened shelters almost always have aircraft nearby



Aircraft on ground 8. Multiple helicopters and planes including one on display



Aircraft on ground 9. Six A5s and one helicopter in 2007



Aircraft on ground 10. Multiple types of aircraft including A5, F-6, F-86 and a few unidentified aircraft , most likely decommissioned. 2012



Aircraft on ground 11. Same place in 2017 with lot more aircrafts









Aircraft on ground 12. A-5s lined up in 2010



Aircraft on ground 13. One JF-17, one small plane and a helicopter
 

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Peshawar Airbase 3




Aircraft on ground 14. One JF-17 on runway and taxiway each



Hardened aircraft shelters with some activity going on nearby





Aircraft on ground 15. Civilian aviation terminal




Hardened underground bunkers



Possible air defence site

Aircraft on ground 16. Helicopters and a transporter plane


Another air defence site



Unidentified. Possible underground storage, missile launch or air defence site
 

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Name: Shamsi Airfield (Bhandari Airstrip)

Type: Airstrip first leased to UAE for hunting wildlife, then to USA for military operations.

Location: Washuk District, Balochistan, Pakistan.

Coordinates: 27°50'51.00"N 65° 9'35.63"E

Occupants: It was used by USA as a base for Predator drones from 2001 till 2011. Leased by UAE from 1992-2001. Now presumably controlled by Pakistan FC.

Comments: Shamsi Airfield caught my interest in particular due to the fact that no new imagery is available since after 2014. Another point of interest is it's use by USA from 2001 till 2011 as a base for armed Predator drones which were used in counter terrorism attacks in nearby areas. USA vacated this base after frictions arising due to American raids inside Pakistani territory leading to deaths of 24 Paki armymen. This base for previously under control of UAE which used it for falconry trips.



Shamsi Airfield, 440 km from IB



Shamsi Airfield, airstrip length 2.3 km


Transport airplane on ground



Structures on way to airstrip from the main road




Look like shipping containers




3 American Predator drones in 2004
 

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Name: Chandhar Airbase

Type: Pakistan Air Force operated airfield, no civilian use.

Location: Punjab, Pakistan.

Coordinates: 32° 4'38.20"N 73°47'23.65"E

Occupants: PAF

Airstrip Length: 2.4 km

Comments: There is very little information about Chandhar airbase available in open sources. It's about 77 km away from international border and seems to be military installation for use only during war time as a way of dispersing aircraft. There are some aircraft shelters, basic underground storage bunkers but limited support infrastructure. It's surrounded by farms on all sides and shows very little signs of activity, construction and changes


Chandhar airbase, Distance from border 77 km



Aircraft shelters 1




Aircraft shelters 2



Aircraft shelters 3



Hardened bunker



Possible underground bunker and air defence site



Unidentified (possible AD site)
 

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The biggest chinese naval base in the Island of Hainan which has most nuclear submarines plus also secret hidden tunnel submarine pen..This is closest to Malacca straits and this will be surely play major action in IOR region offensive against India

18°12'24.7"N 109°42'06.5"E
18.206858, 109.701795

Hainan Longpocun.jpg


Submarines, one SSBN for sure

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More Warships
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10 More submarines
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Patrol boats,Frigates,Destroyers and Signit ships
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The secret underground tunnels for the Submarine
Plan8.jpg
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