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The spark of leadership hones the skills of PAF

S M Hali

MARCH 13, 2020


Dedicated to Wing Commander Noman Akram and scores of martyrs who laid down their lives in the line of duty.


It is heartening that progressive air forces of the US, UK, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and numerous others are approaching Pakistan to learn from its experiences

Pakistan Air Force (PAF), which comprised a handful of officers and men and a few dilapidated aircraft when Pakistan came into being on 14 August 1947-developed into a fine fighting force- which fought against heavy odds to emerge victorious. The honing of the skills of PAF airmen has been no fluke, as each leader gave his very best to mould PAF into a formidable force. A young Asghar Khan, who was commanding the Flying Training School at Risalpur, had the unique distinction of hosting the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in April 1948. Wing Commander Asghar Khan had listened to the words of the Quaid with awe and reverence:


“There is no doubt that a country without a strong air force is at the mercy of any aggressor. Pakistan must build up her air force as quickly as possible. It must be an efficient air force, second to none, and must take its rightful place with the army and the navy in securing Pakistan’s defence.”

In 1957, at the young age of 36, Asghar Khan became the youngest to date and the first Pakistani Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of PAF. He now had the distinctive opportunity to lend credence to the Quaid’s prophetic words. As C-in-C from 1957-65, the venerable Asghar Khan moulded PAF in tempered steel and through his outstanding attributes of leadership; transformed it from a fledgeling status with WWII aircraft into a fine fighting force, which had the capacity to rise to the occasion when the test came and got the better of an adversary five times its size in 1965, 1971 and continues to do so in every trial and tribulation the nation faces.


Asghar Khan retired from PAF only a few weeks before the onset of the 1965 Pak-India War. His successor, Air Marshal Nur Khan, who was himself a bold and courageous C-in-C, led PAF from the front, following his predecessor’s war plans, and emerged victorious against a much larger Indian Air Force (IAF). The audacity and pluck of PAF’s air warriors was acknowledged internationally.

1971 Pak-India War ended in favour of India but the bravery of PAF’s pilots, technicians and air defence team was acknowledged by none else than the C-in-C of the opponent. Air Chief Marshal PC Lal, in his book My Days with the IAF narrates the various episodes, where he felt the PAF performed better than IAF.


Each Air Chief has contributed to the fighting skills of PAF through personal example, realistic training and developing strategies to meet new challenges. The spark ignited by the commanders has fueled the fires burning in the hearts of the air warriors, be they pilots, engineers, technicians or air defence personnel. They have been gelled into a force, which through teamwork and cooperation, faced insurmountable odds and produced stellar results.

It is heartening that progressive air forces of the US, UK, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and numerous others are approaching Pakistan to learn from its experiences

What transpired on 27 February 2019, is not unusual. It was a response which the agile air combatants train for day and night so that when their mettle is tested, they uphold PAF’s raison d’être “Second to None” ordained by the Quaid. The remarkable aspect of the 27 February episode is that one battle proved to the enemy that despite being superior in numbers and quality of weapons systems, IAF is no match for PAF and there is no room for Don Quixotic adventurism. Indian leaders may spin webs of lies to pacify their masses but they have learnt their lesson well and will think many times before messing with Pakistan. If this massive advantage has been gained through one skirmish alone, without going through a full-fledged conflict, it is a pièce de résistance to be admired, emulated and savoured.

While the PAF leadership, past and present is to be appreciated for this magnum opus, it is the entire team that deserves kudos. The sacred mission of the PAF, to guard the aerial frontiers of Pakistan and pour its sweat and blood into the force to meet each trial and tribulation boldly and courageously is no mean task. For the past two decades, the nation has been facing a non-conventional challenge: terrorism. The faceless enemy hides in public places or in treacherous terrain to strike with stealth and impunity. PAF developed techniques as well as platforms to meet this challenge head on. The result is for the world to see. It is heartening that progressive air forces of the US, UK, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and numerous others are approaching Pakistan to learn from its experiences. The tale of PAF’s valour is described thus:

The faces and the names of the men in blue

shall be ever-changing,

With each generation that will prevail in its time,

and then pass on into history.

But the courage and the honour

of the Pakistan Air Force

shall endure forever,

for they are its very heart and soul.

The writer is a retired Group Captain of PAF. He is a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host, who has authored six books on current affairs, including three on China



 

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The spark of leadership hones the skills of PAF

S M Hali

MARCH 13, 2020


Dedicated to Wing Commander Noman Akram and scores of martyrs who laid down their lives in the line of duty.


It is heartening that progressive air forces of the US, UK, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and numerous others are approaching Pakistan to learn from its experiences

Pakistan Air Force (PAF), which comprised a handful of officers and men and a few dilapidated aircraft when Pakistan came into being on 14 August 1947-developed into a fine fighting force- which fought against heavy odds to emerge victorious. The honing of the skills of PAF airmen has been no fluke, as each leader gave his very best to mould PAF into a formidable force. A young Asghar Khan, who was commanding the Flying Training School at Risalpur, had the unique distinction of hosting the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in April 1948. Wing Commander Asghar Khan had listened to the words of the Quaid with awe and reverence:


“There is no doubt that a country without a strong air force is at the mercy of any aggressor. Pakistan must build up her air force as quickly as possible. It must be an efficient air force, second to none, and must take its rightful place with the army and the navy in securing Pakistan’s defence.”

In 1957, at the young age of 36, Asghar Khan became the youngest to date and the first Pakistani Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of PAF. He now had the distinctive opportunity to lend credence to the Quaid’s prophetic words. As C-in-C from 1957-65, the venerable Asghar Khan moulded PAF in tempered steel and through his outstanding attributes of leadership; transformed it from a fledgeling status with WWII aircraft into a fine fighting force, which had the capacity to rise to the occasion when the test came and got the better of an adversary five times its size in 1965, 1971 and continues to do so in every trial and tribulation the nation faces.


Asghar Khan retired from PAF only a few weeks before the onset of the 1965 Pak-India War. His successor, Air Marshal Nur Khan, who was himself a bold and courageous C-in-C, led PAF from the front, following his predecessor’s war plans, and emerged victorious against a much larger Indian Air Force (IAF). The audacity and pluck of PAF’s air warriors was acknowledged internationally.

1971 Pak-India War ended in favour of India but the bravery of PAF’s pilots, technicians and air defence team was acknowledged by none else than the C-in-C of the opponent. Air Chief Marshal PC Lal, in his book My Days with the IAF narrates the various episodes, where he felt the PAF performed better than IAF.


Each Air Chief has contributed to the fighting skills of PAF through personal example, realistic training and developing strategies to meet new challenges. The spark ignited by the commanders has fueled the fires burning in the hearts of the air warriors, be they pilots, engineers, technicians or air defence personnel. They have been gelled into a force, which through teamwork and cooperation, faced insurmountable odds and produced stellar results.

It is heartening that progressive air forces of the US, UK, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and numerous others are approaching Pakistan to learn from its experiences

What transpired on 27 February 2019, is not unusual. It was a response which the agile air combatants train for day and night so that when their mettle is tested, they uphold PAF’s raison d’être “Second to None” ordained by the Quaid. The remarkable aspect of the 27 February episode is that one battle proved to the enemy that despite being superior in numbers and quality of weapons systems, IAF is no match for PAF and there is no room for Don Quixotic adventurism. Indian leaders may spin webs of lies to pacify their masses but they have learnt their lesson well and will think many times before messing with Pakistan. If this massive advantage has been gained through one skirmish alone, without going through a full-fledged conflict, it is a pièce de résistance to be admired, emulated and savoured.

While the PAF leadership, past and present is to be appreciated for this magnum opus, it is the entire team that deserves kudos. The sacred mission of the PAF, to guard the aerial frontiers of Pakistan and pour its sweat and blood into the force to meet each trial and tribulation boldly and courageously is no mean task. For the past two decades, the nation has been facing a non-conventional challenge: terrorism. The faceless enemy hides in public places or in treacherous terrain to strike with stealth and impunity. PAF developed techniques as well as platforms to meet this challenge head on. The result is for the world to see. It is heartening that progressive air forces of the US, UK, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and numerous others are approaching Pakistan to learn from its experiences. The tale of PAF’s valour is described thus:

The faces and the names of the men in blue

shall be ever-changing,

With each generation that will prevail in its time,

and then pass on into history.

But the courage and the honour

of the Pakistan Air Force

shall endure forever,

for they are its very heart and soul.

The writer is a retired Group Captain of PAF. He is a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host, who has authored six books on current affairs, including three on China
By the way we lost a pilot which can't be replaced. Nation lost a son. But is there any chance we can get a F-16 may be from Jordan or Turkey or some where else
 

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By the way we lost a pilot which can't be replaced. Nation lost a son. But is there any chance we can get a F-16 may be from Jordan or Turkey or some where else
No you don't replace an aircraft with another in this manner, however, the PAF will draw one from reserves.
 

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I said it last year after the air battle in Kashmir, PAF's international reputation is gonna shoot up. Air combat between two capable airforces is rare in the world. Plus the IAF has the latest Russian, Israeli, and French equipment. PAF is viewed internationally as technically weaker to the IAF. Most foreign experts expected the IAF to trounce the PAF.......but that's not what happened. It was a reminder that good training and tactics are still very important in air combat.
 
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I think u.s pilots are much ahead and better than our pilots,they may be coming here for intelligence gathering more than for training purpose
 

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I think u.s pilots are much ahead and better than our pilots,they may be coming here for intelligence gathering more than for training purpose
Yup, pilots do intelligence gathering as a side job. :rolleyes:
Dude, PAF has made history by shooting down the SU-30 and that too with such distance BVR.
 

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It's not about being better or worse....how many of them carried out such an operation against a much superior force and came out on top,
Exactly. In recent years the most advanced airforces of the world participated in bombing missions against militias like ISIS etc which had no airforce or at best with weak a$$ outdated airforces like Syria,Iraq etc. Never ever before in modern air warfare such a air battle took place where a latest missiles and AWACS integration package played a key role in defining victory or defeat.
And please correct me if I'm wrong on 27th February the world has witnessed the first BVR kill in actual combat right?
 

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I think Pakistan has better pilots than India,

But not better than US, Russia and Israel
Hardly to judge something like this however one aspect that one can consider is: To be the best, you need to train more and more and that requires more resources.

But I still like the comparison between an Airforce who neither have enough resources nor access to the latest technology while the other three are already operating 5th gen fighters.
 

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Why not approaching 'abhi none done' to teach them how to shootdown F-16 with a Mig-21
 

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generally those who invent things always remain ahead of others,bvr and other such technology is invented by u.s and other western powers so they have much better understanding about how to use them with perfection than others due to in depth knowledge of how such system operates,u.s and russia fought world war 1 and 2 with much bigger powers in their history and have much better experience of war
Exactly. In recent years the most advanced airforces of the world participated in bombing missions against militias like ISIS etc which had no airforce or at best with weak a$$ outdated airforces like Syria,Iraq etc. Never ever before in modern air warfare such a air battle took place where a latest missiles and AWACS integration package played a key role in defining victory or defeat.
And please correct me if I'm wrong on 27th February the world has witnessed the first BVR kill in actual combat right?
 

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It is a known fact that Pakistan trains soldiers of Saudi Arabia and other GCC states. But training Russia, USA is a bit too much. Even UK trains its pilots with USA and won't come to Pakistan. This is really funny claim
 

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It is a known fact that Pakistan trains soldiers of Saudi Arabia and other GCC states. But training Russia, USA is a bit too much. Even UK trains its pilots with USA and won't come to Pakistan. This is really funny claim
I don't think your thoughts are true reflection of the article; as implied by the author.
It's more like stating that these nations were teaching Pakistan offensive/defensive strategy and now they are coming to pakistan to learn their version of offensive/defensive strategy.
 

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It is a known fact that Pakistan trains soldiers of Saudi Arabia and other GCC states. But training Russia, USA is a bit too much. Even UK trains its pilots with USA and won't come to Pakistan. This is really funny claim
Its not that PAF is training all the mentioned AF from basic but its more of information sharing from the Feb fantastic experience PAF had by shooting down Su-30 and Mig-21 and keeping air superiority.
 

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