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History: January

January 1, 2009: Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) is playing an important role in technologically equipping the Pakistan Air Force to meet any challenges. In line to give an extra punch to Air Force, PAC has handed over around a dozen predator type Un-manned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs) to PAF, said Chairman PAC Air Marshal Khalid Chaudhary. Pakistan has acquired the UAV manufacturing technology and its indigenous manufacturing has been initiated successfully.

January 5, 2011: Pakistan’s Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range (EWTTR) ceremony was conducted. Havelsan had already delivered the Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range System to Pakistan Air Force earlier in 2010. In July 2010 acceptance tests were successfully completed and the guarantee period was started. EWTTR provides fully instrumented and integrated, near-real threat environment for all types of Electronic Warfare System Test and Pilot Training. Havelsan provides turn-key, original solutions to all Electronic Warfare Range needs and requirements. EWTTR has been designed and implemented by Havelsan with no foreign licenses or support acquisition. EWTTR was delivered to the Turkish Airforce in 1999 and succesfully operated by Havelsan.

January 10, 2007: Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide its advanced AN/APG-68(V)9 airborne fire control radar capability for a total of 52 F-16 fighter aircraft for the Pakistan Air Force. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Air Force, valued at $49.75 million, calls for the manufacture and installation of the radars on 18 new F-16 Block 52+ aircraft with retrofit kits for 34 existing F-16 A/B Block 15 aircraft. The contract also includes options to equip up to 44 additional F-16 aircraft with the AN/APG-68(V)9 radar capability. This would involve the manufacture of complete radar systems for 18 new F-16 Block 52+ aircraft, with retrofit kits for an additional 26 F-16 A/B Block 15 aircraft. The newest version of the F-16 radar, Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-68(V)9, features a high resolution synthetic aperture radar capability and provides the F-16 with extended air-to-air detection range, increased reliability and lower support costs.

January 15, 1983: The first of two F-16As and four F-16B were flown to Sargodha by the six pioneers, with a young Squadron Leader Shahid Lateef (retd as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, PAF) grabbing the media's spotlight by landing the first F-16B (serial# 82602) aircraft. The first unit to re-equip with the F-16 in January 1983 was Sargodha based No. 11 'Arrows' Squadron, which by now was under the command of one of the six pioneers - Wing Commander Shahid Javed. [Click here to see F-16 Fighting Falcon Pictures album]

January 16, 2009: Eight Karakoram K-8P basic/advanced jet trainers handed over to Pakistan Air Force by Peoples Republic of China. K-8P Aircraft is an advanced jet trainer already being used at PAF Academy Risalpur for Basic and Advance jet aircraft flying training for PAF fighter pilots. K-8P Aircraft since its induction at PAF Academy Risalpur has not only enhanced the basic jet training of PAF pilots but has also provided a potent platform for their smooth transition to more challenging fourth generation fighter aircraft in PAF inventory.

January 16, 2011: Pakistan Airforce (PAF) and Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) conducted a joint air power employment exercise code name "Al Saqoor-II" in Saudi Arabia. PAF contingent comprising F-16 and Mirage aircraft, while RSAF element consisting of F-15 aircraft were participated in the exercise in which air operations are being executed in near realistic environment.

January 21, 1967: President Ayub Khan elevates PAF College, Risalpur to Academy status.

January 21, 2003: A team of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault was visit to discuss a request of purchase (ROP) of Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighter aircrafts by Pakistan. Both the aircrafts are to be dispatched to Pakistan for extensive role demonstration. Dassault has intensified its bid to sell its line of fighter aircrafts since losing to the American fighter aircrafts in Poland and South Korea. Pakistan has been a long and satisfied operator of Mirage aircrafts, and Dassault is very nervous that it might lose its lucrative market there also.

January 21, 2011: Goodrich Corporation has been awarded a US$72 million contract to equip Lockheed-Martin F-16 fighters of the Pakistan Air Force with five DB-110 dual-band (visual/IR) reconnaissance pods. The systems will be delivered with two fixed ground stations and one mobile ground station, each equipped with one datalink receiving system (a total of four ground receiving datalinks will be delivered). The DB-110 operates autonomously on the F-16, controlled by the pod’s reconnaissance management system. Imagery can be viewed on the F-16’s cockpit video display, enabling the pilot to verify targets and conduct tasks such as battle damage assessment. The real-time display also gives the pilot or aircrew more flexibility selecting alternate route to a selected target or seeking out targets of opportunity.

January 22, 2008: JF-17 Thunder jet production begins in Pakistan. The project was inaugurated by Air Chief Marshal Tanveer Mehmood at Kamra. The JF-17 thunder jets can also be upgraded to carry conventional and non-conventional weapons. The Joint Fighter-17 (JF-17) Thunder, also known as the Fighter China-1 (FC-1) Fierce Dragon in China, is a single-seat multirole fighter aircraft. [Click here to Read more]

January 22, 2008: The students of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology had a narrow escape when a T-37 jet trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed. The pilot, Pilot Officer Jahanzaib was martyred. Students and other people were inside the nearby faculties and other buildings of the institute when the plane crashed inside its premises. The aircraft was on a routine operational training mission. It was learnt that two T-37 Jet Trainer aircrafts had taken off from Risalpur at 12.20pm. When they reached near the Tarbela Dam region one of them developed a technical fault. The pilot tried to make an emergency landing somewhere but he could not.

January 25, 1995: Pakistani-Chinese jointly produced Karakorum-8 (K-8) twin-seat jet trainer/light-weight fighter aircraft inducted. K-8 to be fully manufactured at PAC, Kamra. K-8 also being made available for export market.

January 30, 2011: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has received third air-to-air refuelling aircraft from Ukraine. PAF purchased a total of four Il-78 Midas tanker aircraft. These aircraft are equipped with Soviet-designed UPAZs pods and refuelling kits on Mirage-III Rose-I of South African origin.

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