Pakistan Air Force Bases

PAF bases are located all along the frontiers of Pakistan in such a way that PAF is able to immediately respond to any escalating peace or war time situation. Major operational bases are located at Rafiqui (Shorkot), Masroor (Karachi), Samungli (Quetta), Minhas (Kamra), Peshawar and PAF Base Mushaf (Sargodha), in the name of ACM. Mushaf Ali Mir, Shaheed. Over the years, the PAF has developed an array of training facilities. Notable among these are PAF Academy, Risalpur; PAF Air War College; Combat Commanders' School; Air Defence Traning School; Air Defence System School; Transport Conversion School; Helicopter Training School; Para Training School; Survival Training School; School of Intelligence; Pre-trade Training School; Administrative Trade Training School and School of logistics; (Kohat), School of Aeronautics and School of Electronics (Korangi).

The flying operations of the Air Force are carried out and supported by a number of operational, training and maintenance Air Bases located all over the country. The respective Base Commanders are responsible for the operational readiness and combat efficiency of their Bases. These operational Bases are placed under three regional Air Commands, viz, Northern, Central and Southern, each commanded by an Air Officer Commanding (AOC) who is responsible to the Chief of the Air Staff. The field command structure is designed to ensure coordination among the various fighting elements of the three services as well as understanding of one another's role in the defence of the country. Each Base embodies a well-knit community of officers and men who operate and maintain the various weapon systems of the Air Force and is well equipped to cater for all the needs of the personnel deployed there. An Air Base is not only a place of work but a home for its personnel.

  • Major Operational Bases are fully functional bases from which aircraft operate during peacetime. They have complete infrastructure of hardened shelters, control towers, workshops, ordnance depots etc. These are ten in number.
  • Forward Operational Bases are active during peacetime and become fully operational during wartime. These are the bases on which the planes are dispersed during war. They are capable of supporting almost all types of missions. They are generally lightly manned during peace time and are usually activated during excercises or some national crisis. They are thirteen in number.
  • Satellite bases are used for emergency landing and recovery of aircraft during both peacetime and wartime. They have a very small infrastructure and are either lightly manned or unmanned. They are nine in number.
  • Ground Installations are other training and radar bases that do not have a runway and other landing facilities. They are six in number.

In addition there some two dozen other civilian airfields in Pakistan that could be used for landing and recovery of military aircraft during both peace and war. While some are full-fledged civilian airports, others consist of little more than a single runway and modest support facilities. Most are can be used by jet-fighter aircraft, and all can handle medium-sized tactical transports.

    75 with permanent-surface runways
     1 with runways over 3,659 m  
    30 with runways 2,440-3,659 m  
    43 with runways 1,220-2,439 m  

Commemorative Airbase Names
PAF Base Minhas Kamra Named after Plt Off Rashid Minhas Nishan - i - Haider who laid down his life on 20 August, 1971 in a T-33 hijacked by his instructor intending to fly it to India.
PAF Base Mushaf Sargodha Named after Air Chf Mshl Mushaf Ali Mir, Chief of the Air Staff, who received "Shahadat" in an air crash on 20 Feb, 2003.
PAF Base Rafiqui Shorkot Road Named after Sqn Ldr Rafiqui who laid down his life in action against IAF during 1965 war.
PAF Base Masroor Karachi Named after Air Cdre Masroor Hussain, who received "Shahadat" in an air crash in June, 1967 while commanding PAF Mauripur.
PAF Base Faisal Karachi Named after Late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia

Initially the credibility of Pakistan's nuclear deterrent depended not on its limited-range missiles, but on the survivability of its strike aircraft. In peacetime the bulk of Pakistan's combat aircraft are concentraed in seven air bases. However, there are roughly 30 airfields at which Pakistani nuclear-equiped aircraft could be based, vastly complicating Indian counterforce attack planning.

The two units operating the Chinese-built A-5 [No. 16 Sqn and No. 26 Sqn], an aircraft believed to be a leading candidate for the aerial delivery of nuclear weapons, were reportedly stationed at PAF Masroor in early 1998. By late 1999 they had reportedly been re-deployed to PAF Peshawar. The Pakistani Air Force currently operates some 180 Mirage aircraft of various configurations, equiping four operational squadrons [No. 5, No. 7, No. 8, No. 22 (OCU)] and a Combat Command School training squadron. Pakistan obtained 43 used Mirage IIIOs and 7 Mirage IIIODs from Australia in 1990, and purchased another 40 reconditioned Mirage IIIEs from France in 1996. The allocation of these 90 aircraft is not evidently reflected in published order of battle tables.

Airbase Locale Lattitude Longitude Facility Command Wing Squadron Aircraft AC #
PAF Badin grnd
Bandari 2751'16"N 6510'8"E civil
PAF Bhagtanwala sat
PAF Chaklala Rawalpindi 3337'13"N 7305'43"E MOB No.35 (Composite Air Transport) Wing
No. 6 Sqn C-130 14
No.12 Sqn B707, Falcon, F-27 6
No.41 Sqn Cessna, Aero, Beach 3
No.455 Sqn Crotale SAM
No.??? Sqn HQ-2B SAM
PAF Chander 3204'47"N 7347'24"E sat
PAF Chuk Jhumra sat
PAF Faisal Karachi MOB Southern Air Commander HQ
PAF Gwadar sat
PAF Kalabagh grnd
PAF Kamra [Minhas] Kamra 3352'13"N 7224'00"E MOB Northern No.33 (Fighter/Multi-Role) Wing
No.14 Sqn F-7P ~24
No.15 Sqn F-6, FT-6 ~24
PAF Kohat 3334'14"N 7126'22"E sat
PAF Korangi Creek grnd
PAF Lahore Lahore FOB
PAF Lower Topa grnd
PAF Malir grnd
PAF Masroor Karachi 2453'40"N 6656'21"E MOB Southern No 32 (Fighter Ground Attack) Wing
No. 2 Sqn F-7P ~24
No. 7 Sqn Mirage 5PA, III 24+45
No. 8 Sqn Mirage 5PA, III 24+45
No.22 Sqn Mirage 5PA, IIIDP 14 + 2
No.84 Sqn Alouette III 2
No.453 Sqn Crotale SAM
No.??? Sqn HQ-2B SAM
PAF Mianwali Mianwali 3233'47"N 7134'14"E MOB No. 37 (Combat Training) Wing
No. 1 Sqn FT-5 25
No.19 Sqn F-7P ~24
No.25 Sqn F-7 & FT-7 ~24
No.86 Sqn Alouette III 2
PAF Mirpur Khas 2541'02"N 6904'22"E FOB
PAF Multan Multan 3012'18"N 7125'07"E FOB
PAF Murid 3254'36"N 7246'26"E FOB
PAF Nawabshah 2613'17"N 6823'24"E FOB
PAF Ormara sat
PAF Pasni 2517'17.23"N 6320'37.76"E FOB
PAF Peshawar Peshawar 3359'38"N 7130'52"E MOB Northern Air Command HQ
No.36 (Tactical Attack) Wing
No.16 Sqn A-5 25
No.26 Sqn A-5 24
No.81 Sqn Alouette III 2
PAF Rafiqui Shorkot 3045'35"N 7216'58"E MOB Central No. 34 (Fighter) Wing
No. 5 Sqn Mirage IIIEP/RP 30
No.18 Sqn F-7P ~24
No.20 Sqn F-7P ~24
No.83 Sqn Alouette III 2
PAF Rahim Yar Khan sat
PAF Rajanpur sat
PAF Risalewala Faisalabad FOB
PAF Risalpur Risalpur 3404'49"N 7158'34"E MOB College of Flying Training
No.1(PFT) Sqn PAC/MFI-17
No.2(PFT) Sqn PAC/MFI-17
No.1(BFT) Sqn T-37B, T-37C
No.2(BFT) Sqn T-37B, T-37C
PAF Sakesar grnd
PAF Samungli Quetta 3015'09"N 6656'12"E MOB Southern No. 31 (Fighter) Wing
No.17 Sqn F-6, F-7P, FT-6 ~24
No.23 Sqn F-6 ~24
No.85 Sqn Alouette III 2
PAF Sargodha Sargodha 3203'09"N 7240'07"E MOB Central Air Command, HQ
No.38 (Multi-Role) Wing
No. 9 Sqn F-16A 16
No.11 Sqn F-16 A/B 16
No.24 Sqn Falcon 20 F/G 2
No.82 Sqn Alouette III 2
Combat School F-7 ~24
Combat School Mirage 5PA
PAF Shahbaz Jacobabad 2817'02"N 6826'58"E FOB
Shamsi 2751'16"N 6510'8"E civil
PAF Sindhri sat
PAF Sukkur 2743'26"N 6847'26"E FOB
PAF Talhar FOB
PAF Vihari 3005'31"N 7209'11"E FOB

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