Pakistan Army Aviation Corps
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|Pakistan Army Aviation Corps|
|Active||14 August 1947 - present|
|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 Nasir Dilawar Shah|
Lt Gen AB Awan|
Maj Gen Azam
Brigadier Zaka Bhangoo
Bell AH-1F Cobra|
Bell AH-1Z Viper
Mil Mi-35M Hind-E
TAI T129 ATAK
Aérospatiale/IAR 330 Puma
Aérospatiale Alouette III
Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama
Bell UH-1 Huey
Beechcraft Super King Air 350|
Bombardier Challenger 605
Cessna Citation Bravo
Cessna 208B Caravan
Cessna T206H Stationair
Turbo Commander 690C
The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (Urdu: ﺁرمى اويشن كور; Army Aviation Corps), abbreviated as Avn, is the aviation corps of the Pakistan Army, tasked with providing close aerial combat support and aerial logistics for the Pakistan Army.
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 300 helicopters alongside several fixed wing aircraft.
3 CAIC Z-10 Fierce Thunderbolt attack helicopters of China were delivered for trial use so that orders could be made in the future. However, as of 2018, no orders have been made further, this could mean that these 3 helicopters were returned with no follow-up order.
|Bell AH-1F Cobra||Attack helicopter||48||Modernized of AH-1S Cobra, will be replaced by TAI T-129 Atak all-weather multi-role helicopters.|
|TAI T-129 Atak||Attack helicopter||0||30 on order, worth $1.5 billion. Pakistan will buy initially (30) T-129 multi-role attack helicopters.|
|Bell AH-1Z Viper||Attack helicopter||0||12 on order. Including 1000 AGM-114R Hellfire II (Hellfire Romeo) Block-2 missiles. |
|Mil Mi-35M Hind-E||Attack helicopter||4||Attack+utility helicopter, 20 additional planned.|
|Mil Mi-17/171E||Transport helicopter||46|
|Aérospatiale SA 330L Puma||Utility helicopter||44||Including 4 Romanian IAR 330L Puma|
|Bell 412EP||Utility helicopter||34|
|AgustaWestland AW139||Utility helicopter||5||Also perform Search and rescue missions.|
|Bell UH-1H Huey||Utility helicopter||1|
|Airbus H125M/Eurocopter AS550 C3 Fennec||Utility
|30||Used as light attack helicopter and for reconnaissance.|
|Airbus H125/Eurocopter AS350 B3 Écureuil||Utility helicopter||10||13 additional helicopters on order.|
|Bell 206B JetRanger III||Utility helicopter||18|
|Aerospatiale SA 316B/319B Alouette III||Utility helicopter||13|
|Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama||Utility helicopter||18||Mainly Operated by army in Siachen Glacier.|
|Beechcraft Super King Air 350ER||Transport aircraft||5|
|Bombardier Challenger 605||Transport aircraft||1|
|Cessna Citation Bravo||Transport aircraft||1|
|Cessna 208B Caravan||Utility aircraft||7|
|Harbin Y-12 (II)/F||Utility aircraft||4|
|Cessna T206H Stationair||Utility aircraft||4|
|Turbo Commander 690C||Utility aircraft||2|
|Beechcraft Super King Air 350||SIGINT & ISR||2||For reconnaissance.|
|Schweizer 300C||Training helicopter||15|
|Enstrom 280FX||Training helicopter||4||Total 19 on order.|
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