On 3rd of October 1987 two Soviet Mil Mi-24 Gunship helicopters made forced landing, in Washich Torkhow Upper Chitral, due to low fuel and heavy clouds after they had penetrated over 30 miles deep into Pakistani territory. The 6 crewmen were arrested by Chitral Scout Forces and later sent to GHQ Rawalpindi.
But later they were released as a good will gesture. But before their arrest the crew had severely damaged the gunships and they were no longer in flying condition. The area where these gunships landed was almost inaccessible by road and the part of the gunships were brought to Chitral town by Pakistani helicopters in pieces and it took almost a month to finish.
Air Marshal Asghar Khan Giant of a Man. A man of sterling character, humility, outstanding professionalism, and unflinching determination who transformed the nascent air force into a formidable force to be reckoned with.
The entire PAF owes him profusely for the countless contributions.He would truly be regarded as the ‘Father of Pakistan Air Force’ for the times to come.
Read more in the article by Air Cdre(R) Muhammad Ali on our website: https://secondtononepaf.com/.../air-marshal-asghar-khan.../
Alouette-III helicopter of French origin was inducted in mid sixties to support the construction of Karakoram Highway. This helicopter proved extremely effective in Northern and AK areas. Siachen conflict, however, confronted Army Aviation with altitudes, where Alouette-III helicopter was stretched to the maximum limits of its capabilities and its load carrying capacity reduced tremendously.
A need was felt to induct a suitable high altitude helicopter. Induction of Lama and MI-17 helicopters significantly enhanced Aviation support to troops deployed in high altitudes. However, Alouette-III and Puma helicopters are still operating upto 4000 and 6000 meters respectively. T
his high altitude aviation support mainly includes:-
Shifting of guns/engineer equipment/ radars etc.
Shifting of troops.
Command and liaison.