Pakistan Army Aviation Corps

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Pakistan Army Aviation Corps
Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg
Active 14 August 1947 -
Country  Pakistan
Branch  Pakistan Army
Type Military aviation
Headquarters/Garrison Dhamial Army Air Base
Nickname Army Aviation
Engagements see Military history of Pakistan
Decorations 4xSitara-i-Jurat
Army Air Commander Maj.Gen Nasir Dilawar Shah
BGen Zhaka Bhangou
Aircraft flown
Attack AH-1 Cobra
Utility helicopter IAR 330
Aerospatiale Alouette III
Aérospatiale Puma
Eurocopter AS350
Bell UH-1 Huey
Bell 412
206 Jet Ranger
Transport Aero Commander 840
Cessna Citation Bravo
Mil Mi-17
Tanker Harbin Y-12

The Pakistan Army Aviation Corp (Urdu: ﺁرمى اويشن كور; Army Aviation Core), abbreviated as AAC, is an active combatant military administrative staff corps tasked with carrying out the military air operations, and responsible for doctrine, manning and configuration for all aviation unit.[1]


Originally formed by British Army Air Corps in 1942, the entire unit was transferred to Pakistan in 1947.[1] The officers and personnel were part of the Air Observation Post who were deployed in support of Punjab Boundary Force. Later the entire group was stationed at Chaklala Air Force Base before the partition of India.[1]

Initially part of PAF, the Corps was split into the new service and became part of Pakistan Army in 1958.[2] The Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering started to maintain the aircraft and helicopters given by the United States Army Aviation Branch, opening its own aviation school in 1959.[3]

Since the 1960s, the corps expanded in momentum, manpower, and its operational scope has widened.[3] By the 1970s, the Corps became a fighting air component of the Pakistan Army, with its attack helicopters becoming the backbone of military operations.[3] The Corps has become an integral part of Pakistan Army's every imitated operations, and came to public and international notice in the 1970s after initiating, and successfully quelling, the serious civil war in Balochistan.[2]

It is also a most decorated Corps of Pakistan Army, with more national citations and awards conferred and bestowed to this Corps than any combatant corps of Pakistan Army. Although it came into existence in 1947, the corps was given a full commission in 1977.[2]

Combat operations[edit]

As for its war capabilities, the Corps has a long history; participating in every conflict and war with India, they also led and flew bombing and combat missions in the Afghanistan war, Somalian War, Sierra Leone war, Mozambique war, Sri Lankan war Bosnian war, and recently, the War in North-West Pakistan.[1]

The Corps also initiated the non-combatant operations in 2005, when it led a massive airlift and re-location mission after the Kashmir earthquake.[2] In 1991, the Corps was stationed in Bangladesh, where they completed its non-combat mission after the country was hit with a cyclone.[2] Since its inception, the Corps has become a significant combatant arm of the Pakistan Army, poised for a definite and critical role be it peace or war.[1]

Aircraft inventory[edit]

Pakistan Army operates nearly 416 helicopters alongside several aircraft.

Aircraft/System Role Quantity Comments
Bell AH-1F/S Cobra Two cobra helicopters at Multan.jpg Attack helicopter 51[4] .[5]
IAR 330 IAR-330 Puma SOCAT antitank gunship 2.jpg utility helicopter 6
Eurocopter Fennec 050618-Fennec-03.jpg Attack Helicopter 20 At least 20 AS550 C3 ordered.
Harbin Y-12 YJAV5.JPG Utility aircraft 2
Cessna Citation Bravo Transport aircraft 1[4]
Cessna Citation V Transport aircraft 1[4]
Aero Commander 840 Pakistan Army Aero Commander PER Wheatley.jpg Transport aircraft 2[4]
Mil Mi-17 Pakistan Army Mil Mi-17 Asuspine-1.jpg Transport helicopter ~100
Bell 206 Jet Ranger Utility helicopter 20[4]
Bell 412 Norwegian military Bell 412SP helicopters.jpg Utility helicopter 66[6]
Bell UH-1 Huey RNZAF Iroquois 2009.jpg Utility helicopter ~50[7]
Eurocopter AS350 Pakistan military helicopter - Flickr - Al Jazeera English.jpg Utility helicopter 10[4]
Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma Raf puma xw236 arp.jpg Utility helicopter 60[4]
Aerospatiale SA.316 Alouette III US Navy 110928-N-QL471-036 A Pakistan navy SA-319B Alouette III helicopter is chocked aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).jpg Utility helicopter 25[4]
Beechcraft Super King Air Beechcraft b200 superkingair zk453 arp.jpg SIGINT & ISR 2 VIP

Retired Aircraft[edit]




  1. ^ a b c d e PA, Pakistan Army. "Army Aviation-Pakistan Army". Pakistan Army. Pakistan Army Aviation Corps. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Global Security. "Army Aviation Corps". Global Security inc. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c The United States Government (CIA Fact Book) (2011). Pakistan Intelligence and Security Activities Army Aviation Corps. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government. p. 259. ISBN 0-7397-1194-6. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Directory: World Air Forces." Flight International, 11–17 November 2008. Retrieved: 1 August 2010.
  5. ^ ONLINE – International News Network. Retrieved on 4 June 2011
  6. ^ More Bell 412s for Pakistan’s Military
  7. ^ bell | cessna | lockheed jetstar | 2004 | 09–2372 | Flight Archive. (2004-11-22). Retrieved on 4 June 2011.

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