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PAF’s ‘invaluable’ assets: Mirage Fighter Jets
'The Dependable Delta' - PAF celebrates 50 years of Mirage fighter jets in its service


By Web Desk

Feb 25, 2021

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Thursday (today) held ‘50th Anniversary of Mirages and Colors Award’ ceremony at at Shorkot.

The ceremony commemorating golden jubilee of Mirage fighter jets being in service with PAF was also attended by President Arif Alvi and Chief of Air Staff PAF – Air Chief Marshall Mujahid Anwar Khan.

Expressing his views President Arif Alvi reiterated his faith in PAF’s capability to defend the motherland and ensure a befitting response to any misadventure by the enemy.

Referring to PAF’s Operation Swift Retort, President Arif Alvi said that any hostility will be retaliated with the likes of February 27 2019 when an Indian Mig-21 was shot down with its pilot being captured by Pakistan.

The premier also lauded PAF’s technicians and engineers who have ensured that PAF maintains its supreme operational capability.

PAF And Mirage Fighter Jets

PAF first acquired Dassault Mirage III fighter jets from France in 1968 which were followed by procurement of Mirage V aircraft in 1970.

All of PAF’s Mirage fighter jets have been upgraded under ‘Project ROSE’ (Retrofit Of Strike Element) which has enabled these aircrafts to carry out precision strike during night.

PAF originally acquired 135 Mirage IIII and 139 Mirage V aircrafts. Currently it operates 56 Mirage III and 69 Mirage V fighter jets as the rest have been phased out/retired.

PAF has successfully operated Dassault Mirages for 50 years now – a feat only handful of air forces have accomplished around the world.

The astonishing accomplishment was achieved via a comprehensive maintenance and overhauling capacity building in the form of Mirage Rebuild Factory (MRF), Kamra.

MRF is a dynamic setup that undertakes variety of aircraft and engine overhauls. The setup became a bench mark of MRO for western systems technology through overhauling of Mirage aircraft for the last four decades. The factory undertakes complete MRO solution from testing to overhaul of Aircraft components and major inspections of fixed wing aircraft.

MRF is responsible for structure repair of western platforms and weapon systems of PAF. This also includes damage analysis and formulation of repair schemes.

MRF also upgraded PAF’s vintage platforms with modern Avionics suite along with weapon integration. Air to Air Refueling capability in Mirage aircraft was undertaken by acquiring state of art capabilities by MRF.
Furthermore, PAF’s MRO (Mirage Aircraft Overhauling) facility which is capable of overhauling Mirage III aircrafts.

Mirage fighter jets have in fact been the backbone of PAF over the years. The ground attack phase of 2019 Operation Swift Retort was also carried out by PAF’s Mirage fighter jets.

Furthermore, Mirage jets also remain the only platform in PAF’s inventory capable of delivering indigenously developed 600-km “Ra’ad” nuclear-capable Air launched cruise missile (ALCM) developed by Air Weapons Complex (AWC).


 

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He means this photo with the cubby bearded bloke in the foreground...the background shows the H2/4 (Raptor)


I really don't get why there is so much secrecy needed for the H2/4.
The reason was the curry munchers on the other side were doing to use Corrupt Crooked Curry stained Indian transplants Guptas to cause trouble as they were holding Zuma's balls.
 

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The reason was the curry munchers on the other side were doing to use Corrupt Crooked Curry stained Indian transplants Guptas to cause trouble as they were holding Zuma's balls.
But surely that's irrelevant now?
 

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But surely that's irrelevant now?
very much so. they are long gone after stealing like it was no man's business including their sponsor - our citizens want to see them locked up behind bars. Now they are busy scamming their way with Uzbek govt.

There needs to be serious engagement very long term on many areas.
 

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very much so. they are long gone after stealing like it was no man's business including their sponsor - our citizens want to see them locked up behind bars. Now they are busy scamming their way with Uzbek govt.

There needs to be serious engagement very long term on many areas.
My point was that if the PAF kept the H2/4 secret for the sake of the SA government to avoid Indian pressure, that is no longer the case today, especially given the fact that the PAF have effectively revealed it publicly now, so don't see the reason for the continued secrecy over the weapon.
 

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