Cobras continued to defend the western borders and faced
Afghan intruders boldly until the end of the war. They flew
innumerable scrambles as well as CAP missions throughout the
conflict. The squadron got relocated to Minhas in June 1989.
In July 1993, the squadron bade farewell to its aging F-6
aircraft and was re-equipped with the Chinese F-7P fighter
interceptor aircraft. In the same year, in August, Skardu
was activated and safe operations were conducted despite
inclement weather and problems associated with high altitude
The squadron continued to participate actively in the PAF,
like DACT Camps, High Mark exercises and Saffron Bandit. The
squadron flew the maximum number of sorties in High Mark-95.
It created a new record in the PAF's history by scoring an
'A' in the air-to-air firing camp held at Masroor in January
1996. The aircrew displayed their professional skills during
the Pakistan Day Fly-Past in 23 March 1997 and won the Best
As a consequence of the PAF force re-structuring programme,
the squadron was number plated on 31 August 1997 and the
F-7P aircraft on its inventory were distributed among other
F-7 operating units. The unit will re-equip with the
ex-French Mirage aircraft and is scheduled to be reformed at
its new location at Rafiqui. The squadron will then take up
the role of a tactical attack squadron.