The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is appreciated as a “powerful defense element of the country’s defense.” Pakistan Air Force Academy was established in 1947.
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The title “Royal” was added in 1947 but dropped when Pakistan became an Islamic Republic in 1956.
The PAF is the largest in the Islamic world and the seventh-largest air force. The PAF approximately has 943 combat fighter jets and over 200 trainers, communication, helicopter, transport, and force-multiplier aircraft.
Air Headquarters (AHQ) is the single command structure based at Rawalpindi Cantt near the Joint Staff HQ.
The Pakistan Air Force is commanded by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), statute a Four-Star Air Chief Marshal, selected by the President, with the Prime Minister’s consultation and approval. Air Mujahid Anwar Khan is the current CAS.
In many major events in Pakistan’s history, the Air Force has played an important, influential, and vital role in the nation’s defense and national security and encouraged a sense of security in civil society.
Its military importance and significance in public opinion add to the PAF‘s supremacy over the other main service branches.
The PAF officially uses the slogan: “Second to None; fully abreast with the requisite will and mechanism to live by its standards in the coming millennium and beyond.”
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