Army Air Defence Command (Pakistan)

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Pakistan Army Air Defence
Active 1990 - Present
Country  Pakistan
Branch  Pakistan Army
Type Army Corps
Role Combined arms formation
Air Defence Warfare
Size 50,000 approximately (vary as troops are rotated)
HQ/Command Control Headquarter Rawalpindi, Punjab Province, Pakistan
Engagements Kargil War
2001–2002 India–Pakistan standoff
Decorations Military Decorations of Pakistan Military
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Gen Muhammad Zahid Latif Mirza
An Army Air Defence Regiment lowers the Regimental Flag during march past

The Pakistan Army Air Defence Command, )Urdu: ﺁرمى أير ڈفينص كامانڈ; Army Defence Command, abbreviated as (II)ADC), is an active military administrative combatant staff corps of the Pakistan Army and a major combative formation tasked with air defences of the country from foreign threats. The Corps is stationed and headquartered at the Chaklala Army Cantonment in Rawalpindi, Punjab Province of Pakistan.

The command was formed following military exercises where Pakistan's military learned of its weakness in providing air cover over a moving battlefield.[1]

It consists of a total of five military divisions spread across two geographic districts; one tasked with air defence of the northern region of Pakistan head quartered in Lahore and the other with the southern region commanded from Quetta. Army Air Defence has its own school named as School of Army Air Defence (SAAD).

List of commanders[edit]

  1. Maj Gen Agha Masood Hassan, October 1987 - October 1991
  2. Lt Gen Nazar Hussain, October 1991 – January 1993
  3. Lt Gen Amjad Shuaib, March 1996 – April 1998
  4. Lt Gen Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah, April 1998 – August 2000
  5. Lt Gen Khateer Hasan Khan, August 2000 – May 2005
  6. Maj Gen Tahir Mahmud Qazi, May 2005 – October 2006
  7. Lt Gen Muhammad Ashraf Saleem, October 2006 – April 2010
  8. Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Owais, April 2010 – April 2012
  9. Lt Gen Zamir Ul Hassan Shah, April 2012 – December 2013
  10. Lt Gen Muhammad Zahid Latif Mirza, December 2013 – present

Present day and order of battle[edit]

  • HQ ADC, Rawalpindi
    • 3rd Air Defence Division, Sargodha
      • 3rd Air Defence Brigade (largest Brigade of Pakistan army)
    • 4th Air Defence Division, Malir

Major Units[edit]

  • 1. 126 Lt AirDefence (GM) Regiment (Victorious)
  • 2. 5 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment- Fakhr-e-Quaid (the oldest regiment of Army Air Defence)
  • 3. 155 SP AirDefence Regiment
  • 4. 147 SP AirDefence Regiment
  • 5. 144 SP AirDefence Regiment
  • 6. 148 SP AirDefence Regiment
  • 7. 154 SP AirDefence Regiment
  • 8. 67 SP AirDefence Regiment
  • 9. 6 Lt AirDefence (GM) Regiment Glorious Sixth
  • 10. 146 SP AirDefence Regiment
  • 11. 159 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 12. 94 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 13. 74 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 14. 141 AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 15. 133 RCG AirDefence Regiment
  • 16. 134 RCG AirDefence Regiment
  • 17. 123 SC&R AirDefence Regiment
  • 18. 124 SC&R AirDefence Regiment
  • 19. 125 SC&R AirDefence Regiment
  • 20. 20 Medium AirDefence Regiment
  • 21. 41 Medium AirDefence Regiment
  • 22. 58 Medium AirDefence Regiment
  • 23. 127 Medium AirDefence Regiment
  • 24. 52 Medium AirDefence Regiment
  • 25. 153 SP AirDefence Regiment- Ek Tarwinja, also Known as Fakhr e Tabuk or Pride of Tabuk (A veteran regiment of 1st Gulf War)
  • 25. 96 Medium AirDefence Regiment
  • 26. 43 Lt (GM) AirDefence Regiment
  • 27. 44 Lt AirDefence (GM/SP) Regiment
  • 29. 88 Lt (GM) AirDefence Regiment
  • 30. 142 Missile AirDefence Regiment
  • 31. 143 Missile AirDefence Regiment
  • 32. 98 Lt (GM) AirDefence Regiment
  • 33. 145 Lt AirDefence (SP/GM) Regiment
  • 34. 136 RCG AirDefence Regiment
  • 35. 29 RCG AirDefence Regiment
  • 36. 160 RCG AirDefence Regiment
  • 37. 161 RCG AirDefence Regiment
  • 38. 100 Lt Air Defence (GM) Regiment
  • 39. 101 Lt Air Defence (GM) Regiment
  • 40. 102 Lt Air Defence (SAM) Regiment
  • 41. 103 Lt Air Defence (GM) Regiment
  • 42. 104 Lt Air Defence (GM) Regiment (Fakhar E Chaman)
  • 43. 75 Lt Air Defence (GM) Regiment (Katiba Mujahid, Holder of Kokab i Ula ; Highest military award of Jordan: awarded to unit for its role in establishing Jordanian Air Defence and protection of its air bases from Israel Air force during Arab - Israel War )
  • 44. 13 Lt Air Defence (GM) Regiment
  • 45. 19 Lt Air Defence (SP/GM) Regiment
  • 46. 152 Lt Air Defence (GM) Regiment
  • 47. 97 RCG Air Defence Regiment
  • 48. 135 Missile AirDefence Regiment
  • 49. 151 Lt AirDefence (SP/GM) Regiment
  • 50. 36 Lt AirDefence (GM) Regiment
  • 51. 162 SC&R AirDefence Regiment
  • 52. 156 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 53. 157 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 54. 158 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 55. 89 Lt AirDefence (SAM) Regiment
  • 56. 95 Lt AirDefence (GM) Regiment

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annual Fire Practice Exercise" GlobalSecurity.org

33. 102 Lt Air Defense Regiment (The Hunters)

External links[edit]