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Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat, NI(M)

Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat, NI(M), (born December 12, 1951) was the Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force from 2003 to 2006. He was promoted as the Air Chief on March 20, 2003, when the previous air chief Mushaf Ali Mir died in a tragic air crash along with several other high-ranking Air Force officers on February 19, 2003.

Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat was born in Faisalabad. He is a graduate of PAF Public School, Sargodha where he belonged to 14th entry (697-Fury House). He was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force on 13 March, 1971 in 51st GD(P) Course. Saadat has qualified Basic Weapons Course, Turkey; Flying Instructors' Course from Risalpur; Staff College and Air War Course from PAF Air War College; L'ESGI and CSI from the École Militaire in France; and National Defence Course from the National Defence College, Islamabad.

His foreign tours include: Exchange Pilot in Turkey (1977-78); Deputation to Algeria (1980-83); War Course at the École Militaire, Paris, France (1989-90).

During his Air Force career, Saadat commanded No. 14 OCU Squadron, No. 32 (Fighter Ground Attack) Wing at Masroor, and PAF Base Peshawar.

His staff and instructional appointments include assistant commandant of the College of Flying Training at PAF Academy, director of plans at AHQ, chief instructor at the National Defence College, Islamabad, and deputy Chief of Air Staff (operations) at AHQ.

On February 20, 2003, the then PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir died in a plane crash when the Fokker he along with his wife and fifteen other high ranking officers were flying in crashed near Kohat in northwestern Pakistan, killing all the passengers on board. Thereafter, the then vice chief Air Marshal Syed Qaiser Hussain was made the acting Air Chief of PAF. On March 19, 2003, Air Marshal Kaleem Saadat, then deputy chief of air staff (personnel), was chosen over Hussain and Air Marshal Sarfraz Arshad Toor, air officer commanding, Air Defence Command (ADC), as the new chief of Pakistan Air Force.

The JF-17 Thunder program under Kaleem Saadat was throttled into full gear. It was during this time, the aircraft prototype was unveiled and it flew some hours, with the semi-production being started in 2005. The Air Headquarters were shifted to its permanent location in Islamabad after having stayed in Karachi, Peshawar and Rawalpindi. The PAF achieved its best Flight Safety record of its history when in the Year 2004,it had the lowest major aircraft accident rate. The PAF had the largest ever flying operations Exercise Highmark 2005 after nearly ten years' gap as well as holding its first ever tri-service wargame titled Tempest-I.

In the history of Pakistan Air Force, women were inducted and commissioned as pilots for the first time.New equipment like fighters, transport aeroplanes,trainer aircraft,radars, simulatorsetc were inducted during his tenure.

In March 2006, ACM Kaleem Saadat's three year term expired and he was replaced by the then Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed as the Air Chief.
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