OSINT Report: Pakistan Air Force Accretion – Number Plating or Capability Accretion?

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has opened a new base Bholari on the Eastern Front with India and upgraded a squadron on the Western Front in Quetta. Air Defence and Ground Strike operations have assumed importance for the PAF. After the actions by the United States, Special Forces in 2011 to target Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad and possibly the surgical strikes by the Indian Army in 2016, protection of airspace during peacetime has assumed added significance.    Thus PAF has raised a new JF 17 Squadron (28) in PAF Base Samungli taking the number of squadrons with the jointly produced fighter to five. The No 2, 14, 16 and 26 Squadrons of the PAF have been equipped with the J F 17. The PAF is replacing the old F 7 P and Mirage III with the JF 17 fighters. A squadron from Samungli is reportedly redeployed to Peshawar. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, handed the Squadron insignia to Wing Commander Amir Imran Cheema, Officer Commanding No 28 Multirole Squadron...................

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