Pakistan Army Aviation Corps
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|Pakistan Army Aviation Corps|
|Active||14 August 1947 -|
|Headquarters/Garrison||Army Aviation Command, Rawalpindi|
|Engagements||see Military history of Pakistan|
COAS Commendation Cards
|Battle honours||Chumak (Siachin) Saviours|
|General Officer Commanding||Maj Gen Khalil Dar|
|Lt Gen AB Awan
Maj Gen Azam
Brigadier Zaka Bhangoo
Z-10 Fierce Thunderbolt
Bell AH-1Z Viper
|Trainer helicopter||Schweizer S300-C|
|Utility helicopter||Aerospatiale Alouette III
Bell UH-1 Huey
206 Jet Ranger
Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama
|Transport||Aero Commander 840
Cessna Citation Bravo
The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (Urdu: ﺁرمى اويشن كور; Army Aviation Corps), abbreviated as Avn, 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.
Originally formed by British Army Air Corps in 1942, the entire unit was transferred to Pakistan in 1947. 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.
Initially part of PAF, the Corps was split into the new service and became part of Pakistan Army in 1958. 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.
Since the 1960s, the corps expanded in momentum, manpower, and its operational scope has widened. By the 1970s, the Corps became a fighting air component of the Pakistan Army, with its attack helicopters becoming the backbone of military operations. 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.
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.
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. The corps has actively participated in Siachin Conflict, Kargil Conflict and War on Terror. The daring pilots of Pakistan Army Aviation have conducted some of the most historic and difficult missions in Aviation history, in pursuit of which some of them laid down their lives. They are known for their professionalism for high altitude flying, combat, assault and rescue missions.
The Corps also initiated the non-combatant operations in 2005, when it led a massive airlift and re-location mission after the Kashmir earthquake. In 1991, the Corps was stationed in Bangladesh, where they completed its non-combat mission after the country was hit with a cyclone. 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.
Pakistan Army operates over 270 helicopters alongside several fixed wing aircraft.
Pakistan will buy forty (40) T-129 multi-role attack helicopters. Both the sides had agreed on the agreement during the last meeting of defense ministers of the two countries. The T-129 is a multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter co-developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries and Agusta Westland. The aircraft is currently operated by the Turkish Army and is being offered for export to a number of other countries, besides Pakistan
|Z-10 Fierce Thunderbolt||Attack helicopter||3||3 delivered and 17 total on order.|
|Bell AH-1Z Viper||Attack helicopter||15 on order||Including 1000 Hellfire Block-2 missiles|
|Mil MI-35M Hind-E||Attack helicopter||4 on Order||Attack helicopter|
|Bell AH-1F/S Cobra||Attack helicopter||51||20 AH-1S supplied by US between 1984 and 1986; 12 AH-1F acquired in 2007; One AH-1F squadron (14 helicopters) supplied in March 2010. 8 Ex-Jordanian AH-1S Cobras inducted in October 2013. Three lost to Crashes.|
|IAR 330||Attack helicopter||6||Small number in service.|
|Eurocopter Fennec||Attack Helicocpter||20||Used as light attack helicopter and for Reconnaissance.|
|Harbin Y-12||Utility aircraft||2|
|Cessna Citation Bravo||Transport aircraft||1|
|Cessna Citation V||Transport aircraft||1|
|Aero Commander 840||Transport aircraft||2|
|Mil Mi-17||Transport helicopter||75 |
|Bell 206 Jet Ranger||Utility helicopter||15 |
|Bell 412||Utility helicopter||30|
|Bell UH-1 Huey||Utility helicopter||54||Large quantity Operated by Pakistan Rangers|
|Eurocopter AS350||Utility helicopter||15|
|Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma||Utility helicopter||65|
|Aerospatiale SA.316 Alouette III||Utility helicopter||30||Local production started in mid80,s.|
|Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama||Utility helicopter||20||Mainly Operated by army in Siachen Glacier .|
|Beechcraft Super King Air||SIGINT & ISR||8||Used for VIP purposes.|
- Auster 5
- Auster AOP.6
- Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama
- Bell Model 47
- Bell OH-13 Sioux
- Bell Model 205
- Cessna O-1 Bird Dog
- Mil Mi-8 Hip
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