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The Pakistan’s Successful Encounters During the Afghan War

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During the Afghan War in which nine fighter squadrons of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) took part actively, the PAF logged 10939 sorties entailing 13275:40 hours. A total of 2476 enemy air violations were recorded involving 7589 enemy aircrafts. During these violations, and as a result of the bombing that were carried out, 418 civilians lost their lives while 877 received injuries. Eight enemy aircrafts were shot down by six different pilots, all belonging to F-16 squadrons.

Pair of Russian Su-22 Down over Parachinar

Sqn Ldr Hameed Qadri beside the wing of Su-22 that he shot down on 17 May, 1988
Sqn Ldr Hameed Qadri beside the wing of Su-22 that he shot down on 17 May, 1986

On 15th May, 1986, Sqn Ldr Hameed Qadri of PAF’s elite No. 9 Sqn Shot down 2 Afghan Su-22 fighter aircrafts over Parachinar. PAF awarded Sitara-i-Bisalat to Sqn Ldr Hameed Qadri. One Su-22 was victim of AIM-9L missile while another was down by  20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon.

 

Shooting Down a Ferret

On 30th March, 1987, Wing Commander Abdul Razzaq shot down an AN-26 believed  to be an ECM aircraft. He along with his wingman Sqn Ldr Sikander Hayat fired AIM-9L sidewinders on target and both missile hit their target. Both pilots were belonged to No. 9 Sqn of Pakistan Air Force. Wing Commander Abdur Razzaq was later martyred in a aircrash in 2003.

 

Badar Shoots Down an Su-22

On 16th April, 1987, Sqn Ldr Badr Ul Islam shot down an Russian Su-22 near Thal desert. Sqn Ldr Badr Ul Islam claimed two kills but after examining all the evidence the PAF awarded him one kill. Sqn Ldr Badr Ul Islam belonged to No. 14 Sqn of Pakistan Air Force. Same Sqn served in East Pakistan during Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971.

 

Shooting Down the First Soviet Aircraft

On 4th August, 1988, Sqn Ldr Athar Bokhari Shot down an Su-25 fighter aircraft assigned to Soviet Union. This was the first soviet fighter jet being downed by Pakistan Air Force. The pilot of downed soviet aircraft was identified as Colonel Alexander Rutskoi who later became the vice president of Russian Federation.

 

Shooting Down Two MiG-23 Aircraft

On 12th September, 1988, Flt Lt Khalid Mahmood shot down 2 MiG-23s,  South of Chitral.

 

Hat Trick for Sqn Ldr Khalid Mahmood

On 3rd November, 1988, Sqn Ldr Khalid Mahmood shot down a Su-22, West of Thal. This time, his fired two AIM-9L missiles towards intruding afghan aircraft.

 

PAF’s Individual Performance During Afghan War:

During Afghan War, No 9 Sqn shot down 3 enemy aircrafts while No. 14 Sqn shot down 5 enemy aircrafts including 2 MiG-23, 2 Su-22 and one Su-25.

 

During Afghan War, No. 15 and No 26 Sqn flew 2521 & 2479 sorties respectively.

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