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A list of all past and current aircraft in service with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Current aircraft[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon USA Jet Multirole 1983 76[1][2] 76 45 x F-16AM/BM MLU

18 x F-16C/D (Block 52+) (Order for further 8 F-16C/D was placed however not materialized due to impossible conditions by US Senate defense committee) [3][4]

13 x F-16A/B ADF

CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder China Pakistan Jet Multirole 2007 86[5] 88 50 x JF-17A (Block 1)

36 x JF-17A (Block 2)

PAF plans to induct a total of 250 JF-17s.[6] First batch of 50 Block 1 JF-17s to be upgraded to Block 2 standard.[7] Third batch of 50 JF-17s will be Block 3. A total of 2 JF-17s have crashed[8] since its induction in 2007.

Dassault Mirage III France Jet Multirole, Reconnaissance 1968 75 80 Several variants, typically with extensive upgrades.[9][10] All Mirage IIIs are planned to be replaced by JF-17s by 2025.
Dassault Mirage 5 France Jet Attack 1973 82 85 Several variants, typically with extensive upgrades.[9][10] All Mirage 5s are planned to be replaced by JF-17s by 2025.
Chengdu F-7
F-7P/PG
China Jet Interceptor 1988 - 193 F-7P and F-7PG variants.[9][10][11] Limited CAS and strike duties. Mostly replaced by JF-17s.
Hongdu K-8 Karakorum
K-8
K-8
K-8P
China

Pakistan

Jet Trainer 1994
2003
2011
6
6
48
60 48 delivered as of December 2011.
Cessna T-37 Tweet
T-37B
T-37C
USA Jet Trainer 39+34 69 20 refurbished ex-USAF T-37 delivered by end of 2008 to replace older T-37 or provide parts.[12] T-37 to be eventually replaced with K-8P.On 28 October 2015, the Turkish Air Force gave the Pakistan Air Force 34 T-37Cs, including spares in an agreement between Turkey and Pakistan
PAC MFI-17 Mushshak Sweden

Pakistan

Propeller Trainer 1970s 145 151 115 x MFI-17 Mushshak

30 x Super Mushshak

Some MFI-17 Mushshak to be upgraded to Super Mushshak standard.[13]

Airbus A310
A310-300
France Jet Transport 2009 1 VIP transport. Previously operated by Pakistan International Airlines.[14]
Boeing 707
707-320
USA Jet Transport 1986 2 3 Two transferred from PIA in 1986. A third aircraft in VIP transport configuration delivered in 1987.[15] One aircraft sold to a private individual in 2008.[16]
Cessna Citation V USA Jet Transport 1 VIP transport.[17]
Gulfstream IV USA Jet Commander/executive transport 2004 4
Embraer Phenom
Phenom 100
Brazil Jet Transport 2009 4 VIP transport.[18][19][20]
Ilyushin Il-78
Il-78MP
USSR Jet Transport/Aerial Tanker 2009 4 4 4 x IL-78MP dual-role aerial tankers and freighters. Ex-Ukrainian Air Force.[21][22][23][24]
Antonov An-26 USSR Propeller Transport 1 One aircraft in service as of 2004.[17]
Lockheed C-130 Hercules USA Propeller Tactical (theatre) transport 1960 18 5 x C-130B, 5 x C-130E, 2 x C-130E, 6 x C-130H.
CASA CN-235
CN-235-220

Spain, Indonesia Propeller Transport 2004 4 3 medium lift tactical transports. 1 VIP transport.[25]
Harbin Y-12
Y-12II
China Propeller Utility 1980s 2
Beech C-12 Huron USA Propeller Utility, training 1
Saab 2000 Sweden Propeller Transport, training 2008 1 VIP transport. Will also be used to train aircrew for the Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C. Delivered in December 2008.
Mil Mi-17
Mi-171
USSR Helicopter SAR, transport 2002 45 Some aircraft transferred from PLA.[26][27]
Aérospatiale Alouette III
SA-3160
SA-316B
SA-319B
France Helicopter Utility, SAR 2005 95
7
4
4
SA319B was locally produced.[28]
Dassault Falcon 20
DA-20
France Jet ESM, ECM 1987 3
Saab 2000 Erieye
Erieye Horizon
Sweden Propeller AEW&C 2011 4 Developed for the PAF under Project Horizon,[29]
Shaanxi ZDK-03
Y-8F600
China Propeller AEW&C 2011 4 Last two were expected to be delivered in 2013.[30]
Burraq Pakistan UAV Reconnaissance, strike 12 12 Inducted in November 2013. Around 12 examples are visible in a picture. Used jointly with Pakistan Army.[31]
SATUMA Jasoos II
Bravo+
Pakistan UAV Reconnaissance, training 2009 45 45 Primary work horse for UAV Operations and Training Program.[32]
SELEX Galileo Falco Italy UAV Surveillance 2009 25 25 Co-manufacture at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex began in August 2009.[33]
CASC CH-4 China UAV Reconnaissance, strike 4 4 Some are older CH-3 drones upgraded to CH-4.[34]
AAI RQ-7 Shadow USA UAV Reconnaissance 12 0 3 systems(12 aircraft) on order by PAF.
SATUMA Mukhbar Pakistan UAV Reconnaissance 0 0
UQAB-II Pakistan UAV Reconnaissance -- Inducted in Pakistani Navy
Ababeel Aerial Drone Pakistan UAV Target Drone -- [35]
Baaz Aerial Drone Pakistan UAV Target Drone -- [35]
GIDS Shahpar Pakistan UAV Reconnaissance, surveillance 2012 5 5 Currently in production.[36]

Retired aircraft[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced Retired Total Notes
Nanchang A-5 China Jet Attack 1983 2011 ~55 A5 and A-5C (A-5III). Used in the attack role but also performed combat air patrol duties.
Shenyang F-6 China Jet Fighter 1965 2002 253 Around 140 modifications were made to improve interception and close air support effectiveness.
North American F-86 Sabre USA Jet Fighter 1955 1980 210 120 x North American F-86F, 90 ex-Iranian Canadair CL-13B Sabre.
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter USA Jet Fighter 1961 1972 12 10 x F-104A, 2 x F-104B
Supermarine Attacker F Mk.1 UK Jet Fighter 1951 1958 36 .[37] "De-navalised" Attacker with tail hook removed and wings "locked down".[38] First jet fighter in PAF service.
Hawker Sea Fury UK Propeller Fighter 1949 1963 ~97 ~92 x FB 60. 5 x T-61 two-seat trainers.[39]
Hawker Tempest II UK Propeller Fighter 1947 1956 16 Received on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII UK Propeller Fighter 1947 1947
Martin B-57 Canberra USA Jet Bomber 1959 1985 80 2 x RB-57F and 2 x RB-57B served with No.21 ELINT Squadron.
Harbin H-5 China Jet Bomber 1966 1969 16 Chinese-built Ilyushin Il-28. 16 aircraft[40]
Handley Page Halifax UK Propeller Bomber 1948 1954 16
Shenyang FT-2 China Jet Fighter 1960s 6[41] Chinese-built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 UTI.
Shenyang FT-5 China Jet Fighter 1975 2012 10 Chinese-built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 [42]
Lockheed T-33
T-33A
RT-33A
USA Jet Trainer 1955 1993 21 15 T-33A trainers, 6 RT-33A reconnaissance variant.
North American T-6 Harvard
T-6G
USA Propeller Trainer 1947 1970s 12 Introduced on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force.
de Havilland Tiger Moth UK Propeller Trainer 1947 1957 7 Biplane. Introduced on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force.
Hawker Siddeley Trident
Trident 1E
UK Jet Transport 1967 4 VIP transport.
Grumman SA-16A Albatross USA Propeller Patrol 1950s ~1981 4 Search and Rescue, coastal patrol and maritime reconnaissance.[43]
Bristol Freighter UK Propeller Transport ~1950 1966 81
Vickers VC.1 Viking UK Propeller Transport 1947 ~1962 1 VIP transport. Preserved in the PAF Museum.[44]
Douglas Dakota USA Propeller Transport 1947 1955 2 Introduced on formation of the Royal Pakistan Air Force.
Sikorsky H-19D USA Helicopter Search and rescue 1950s 1971 8 First helicopter operated by the PAF.
Bell H-13 Sioux USA Helicopter ~13 [40][45]
Kaman HH-43B USA Helicopter 1964 1983 4 [46] 4 in service in June 1972[40] and November 1993.[41]

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