1989, after a brief stay at Kamra, No. 18 Squadron moved
back to Rafiqui. The squadron was re-equipped with F-7P
aircraft, and fifteen pilots were posted to the squadron.
Later, during the same year, the squadron took part in
exercise High Mark. Many dignitaries, including the
Bangladesh Air Chief and COAS visited the squadron during
the period 1990 to 1991. In 1993, the squadron's pilots
visited Jordan to establish stronger ties with RJAF, a
gesture which was reciprocated by a visit from pilots of 9
Squadron of the RJAF in 1994.
In 1994-95, the squadron participated in different exercises
like Saffron Bandit, Twilight, Sky Guard-III, and High
Mark-95 and performed extremely well.
The year 1997 brought new laurels to the squadron when it
won the 'Air Superiority' and 'Top Gun' trophies. It was the
first F-7P squadron to have won the highest honour of the
Buster-I was the last exercise in which the squadron
participated from Rafiqui. The end of the year 1998
witnessed relocation of the squadron to PAF base Mianwali.
The squadron became an Operational Conversion Unit by the
start of year 1999.