India to keenly watch PAF's `coming of age'Mon, 29 Aug 2005, 13:37
NEW DELHI: A large and complex war game by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) next month is being seen by the IAF as â€œcoming of ageâ€ of the PAF's tactical air doctrine.
The IAF will be watching closely the exercise - involving crucial doctrinal tests endorsed by General Pervez Musharraf himself - that will elevate the PAF to a primary assault force, on par with the country's Army.
High Mark 2005, which kicks off on September 7 (Air Force Day in Pakistan), will involve 350 military aircraft and 20 air bases, including those on the frontier with India. The exercise will see the PAF put newly-honed beyond visual range (BVR), interdiction, air escort, ground attack and interception concepts through torture tests.
Sources at the Air HQ here said, â€œIt is for the first time that they will have such a large mock deployment and it will be interesting to see how it goes. The establishment there has been working furiously on the air force concepts for the last three to four years. It must be said, however, that the IAF is conceptually more advanced at this stage[/U].â€
The aircraft to be used in the war game include the American-made F-16B and AH-1 Cobra chopper, Chinese F-7 and Q-5, French Mirage-III and IV, C-130 Hercules transporters and other support platforms, including UAVs, Pak Navy's P-3B Orions and Atlantiques. The Sino-Pak JF-17 multirole fighter might also be fielded for combat postures in the exercise, according to reports.
Source: DefenceTalk News
This is going to be biggest war got of its sort. ACs flying all over Pakistan. From one corner to another. It is also going to celebrate farewell to old PAF war doctorine & some old AirCrafts.
The show up of JF-17 would be watch by Pakistan, Chinese & also the Indians.
It will also be interesting to see PAF's Mirage-3 & 5 equiped & in action with their new MICA BVR Missiles from France.