Pakistan Air Force Squadron No. 5 Recieves New F-16s Block 52+

  
One of Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) historical squadrons which was
until now equipped with Mirage aircraft has gone through a big change as
new F-16 C/D Block 52+ aircraft were inducted.
A ceremony for the 5th Squadron was held at the PAF’s base Shahbaz in
Jacobadad. Many important guests attended like Chief of Army Staff
General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal
Rao Qamar Suleman.
The Squadron color was presented to the
commander of the squadron during the ceremony and later on a formation
of F-16 Block 52 and Mirage aircraft presented a fly-past. Gen Kayani
praised the PAF for its efforts in the war against terrorism. Pakistan’s
army has been battling terrorism since 2004 and since then a lot of
operations have been conducted thanks to the support of the PAF.

Air
Chief Marshal Suleman held a speech about the future development of the
Air Force and how the first decade of the 21st century has seen PAF
transform into a modern and fierce force. The focus of PAF is to back
off form the traditional threat-based development and instead try to
develop the enhancement of their capabilities. PAF has done a lot to
cover all air-warfare areas and be able to overcome any challenges.
The
induction of Block 52 F-16s, aerial re-fuellers, multi-layered air
defence system and the air borne early warning the PAF has enhanced its
capabilities to respond to any threats which the nation may face.