Pakistan Air-Force Day in Lahore…


Whenever August comes, along with Barsaat it brings Joys of Freedom. The celebrations start, which get more coloured during 14th of August and then they continue till 6th of September. This year (same as before) Lahoris will witness one of the best air-shows of the country in September 2007.

Aerospace analyst Andrew Brookes analyses the Pakistan Air Force and states that:

Formed on August 15, 1947, with only a handful of aircrafts and men, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) now compromises around 330 combat aircrafts and 45,000 uniformed personnel. if you want to see how the British military once did business, you need to look no further than the Indian subcontinent. The PAF has nine main operating bases that are fully functional in both peace and wartime. These are supplemented by eleven forward bases which become fully operational in time of war, nine forward attack bare bases while the 211-mile (340km) long M-2 motorway has dispersal strips in the Swedish Air Force fashion.

The Pakistani strategy was defensive in nature, and aimed to culminate on a favorable note to give political leaders an edge on the negotiation table. The PAF is in no position to do other than make any opponent think long and hard before attacking.

Like every year, Pakistan Air Force is celebrating Defence Day of Pakistan in conjunction with Pakistan Air Force Day Insha’Allah in Lahore according to the following schedule:

Where: PAF Base, Lahore
When: 6th September, 2007
Sharp at: 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs.

JF-17 landing

The story suggestor also wanted me to deliver this message that there are also limited number of stalls available. So if anyone or any companies are interested, they may contact following address latest by 10th of August, 2007.

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Most interestingly: “General public” for the first time will be able to see PAF’s newest combat aircraft JF-17 ‘Thunder’ at this year’s air-show. I strongly hope that organizers would allow photography this time!

The Joint Fighter-17 (JF-17) Thunder, is a single-seat multirole fighter aircraft co-developed by Pakistan and China. Two of the JF-17 Thunder aircrafts have already arrived in Pakistan. They were arrived due to the purpose of March 23rd, Pakistan Day. They were painted in colors of Pak-China Flag in order to show the coorporation and friendship of the both countries. Upcoming 50 or so aircrafts will have KLJ-7 radar which is suppose to be better than APG-66 radar of United States.

JF-17 use SD-10 as one of the missiles, however PAF is looking to equip JF-17 with French and American origin missiles and also reported that JF-17 will use IL-76 based air-to-air refuellers.

So Fasten you’re seat belts guys, PakiTopGuns are ready – to take off! :)

Story Suggestion: Abbas Ali (Admin,
Credits: Andrew Brookes; Wikipedia; Defence.PK.

11 Comments so far

  1. SELF (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    The Joint Fighter-17 (JF-17) Thunder, is a single-seat multirole fighter aircraft co-developed by Pakistan and China.


    You are kidding, right?

  2. Opee (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 12:33 am

    As a matter of fact, I’m not!!

    But I am certainly amazed (rather overwhelmed) to know your obliviousness.

  3. Salman Baig (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    All aircrafts are delivered with Chinese avionics but Pakistan will be carrying out studies about the possibility of integrating Western avionics.


  4. Opee (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 1:55 am

    Thats correct Salman..

    Some countries like Azerbaijan, Egypt, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Burma, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Algeria have already expressed interest in purchasing the JF-17.

  5. SELF (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    Even china could not make the engines and are getting them from Russians. So what is it now in reality? A Cino-Russian plane to be assembled some time in future in Pakistan.

  6. Opee (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 2:56 am

    @Self: Aap ki sui waheen ki waheen atki hui hai, duniya yahan jahaz baichnay kai chakkar main hai! :)

    Please see Wikipedia: before you post another of your extravagant questions, PLEASE! :)

  7. SELF (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 3:03 am

    …and what is wikipedia, a divine writing? It is written by people like me and you.

    Here is the first para as I read it just now;

    “The Joint Fighter-17 (JF-17) Thunder, also known as the Fighter China-1 (FC-1) Fierce Dragon(枭龙) [1] in China, is a single-seat multirole fighter aircraft developed by China with engines acquired from Russia with India’s blessing. The plane is based on the now defunt Russian Mig-33 design. The first two aircraft were delivered to the Pakistan Air Force on 2007-03-12.[2] The JF-17/FC-1 is designed to be a cost-effective plane which can meet the tactical and strategic needs of the Pakistani Air Force.”

  8. Opee (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 4:03 am

    Thats true SELF. Wikipedia being an open WIKI, can be edited by anyone after getting registered. The page has been frequently changed and these lines of text have been added just by giving the reference of “GEO NEWS”, without mentioning direct link to the news. This is a classic example of Vandalism. Hope you know what it is. The issue has been reported, and I do hope that this contradictory text will be removed from WIKIPEDIA site with the upcoming release of the page.

    Till then, you may continue exploring the page with more information mentioned below in other sections. You can also move out of the WIKI circle and do more searches accordingly. Please let me know if you need more info.


  9. SELF (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 12:32 am


  10. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 3:34 am


    so Happy Pakistan Air Force day with blessings from China, India and Russia ..!


  11. kamran khan (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    hi i have a usa high sclool diploma i just want to know thats waht i have to do to get airforce tranning in pakistan please can you tell me that
    916 617 2788 thats my phone or ok thanks

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