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History: December

December 1, 1947: Technical Training School (TTS) established at Drigh Road.

December 2, 2008: Two Il-78MP Midas tanker aircraft have arrived in Pakistan, apparently the first of four purchased from the Ukraine. Two aircraft landed at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The Il-78s will give the PAF its first airborne refueling capability. They will help train Pakistani crews in mid-air refueling techniques, and once operational will be used to refuel the Mirage-III and eventually JF-17 Thunder.

December 3, 2008: Brazilian authorities gave approval for the sale of 100 missiles to Pakistan which can be used in air-to-surface attacks on radar tracking instalations. “Anti-radiation missiles” are designed to find, home in on, and destroy enemy air defense radars; they are often carried by specialist aircraft that accompany air strikes to perform the SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) mission. In December 2008, Brazil’s government approved a $108 million April 2008 contract with Pakistan for 100 of Mectron’s MAR-1 anti-radiation missiles.

December 3, 2009: Chief of Air staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani attended a session of Army War Games organized to determine the operational preparedness of the formations.

December 11, 1988: Pakistan orders 11 F-16s (Peace Gate III).

December 13, 2005: Pakistan received two F-16s fighter jets from the United States. These F-16s are of the same category, which are already operating with Pakistan Air Force, the PAF statement said. Pakistan had requested a purchase of F-16s back in the mid-1980s, but the United States barred the sale of the planes in 1990 after suspicions mounted that Pakistan was clandestinely producing a nuclear weapon.

December 13, 2008: Indian fighter planes violated Pakistan’s air space by entering two places in Kashmir and Lahore. Planes of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), which were already on alert, quickly came into action and forced the India’s fighter jets to leave Pakistan’s air space. The sources further said that the Indian planes were fully equipped with warheads.

December 13, 2010: With the induction of fourth batch of new F-16C/D Block 52+ aircraft in PAF the delivery of the squadron of the aircraft from USA has been completed. A simple but impressive ceremony was held on Monday at the PAF Base,Shahbaz (Jacobabad), which was attended by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, and US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron P Munter were present on the occasion. Arrival of the last batch completes the delivery of F-16s C/D Block 52 models, which Pakistan had contracted for the PAF during 2005.

December 17, 2003: PAF has integrated the H-4 out-of-sight target bombs in its arsenal of fighter aircraft. The incorporation of H-4 bombs have added to the capability of the PAF to hit out-of-sight targets from a distance of up to 120 kilometres to evade enemy radars during air strikes. A lighter version of the bomb, H-2 model, can hit the out-of-sight targets from a range of up to 60 kilometres. The indigenously produced H-4 bombs is an achievement of the National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), which works in close collaboration with Pakistan Missile Organizationand the Air Weapons Complex.

December 19, 2009: PAF has inducted the first of four Il-78 air-to-air refuelling aircraft ordered from Ukraine as part of its plans to enhance its operational capabilities. A statement issued by PAF said the country's first air-to-air refuelling aircraft “has arrived on an operational airbase while the delivery of remaining three (aircraft) is planned to be completed by mid-2010.”

December 20, 2008: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Tariq Majid visited Chengdu to see the progress of work on Pakistan-China co-production of JF-17 Thunder aircraft for Pakistan Air Force. The project was contracted in April 1999 for joint development and co-production of a state of the art combat aircraft by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra.

December 23, 1981: Pakistan orders 6 F-16s (Peace Gate I) becoming the 9th customer.
December 23, 1981: Pakistan orders 34 F-16s (Peace Gate II).

December 25, 2009: VVIP Airbus A310-300 handed over to PAF. The plane was gifted to former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf by Amir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Earlier, the plane was being operated by the Pakistan International Airlines.

December 29, 2009: Pakistan Air Force inducted first Saab 2000 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. With the induction of this AEW&C system, Pakistan Air Force has become one of the few air forces in the world to have Airborne Early Warning capability. The ERIEYE radar system mounted on a turboprop aircraft will enable the PAF to detect all aircraft taking off from and landing at all forward Indian airbases adjacent to Pakistan and also to identify the type of aircraft, their weapons systems, vector and altitude. [See also Saab 2000 AEW&C video]

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