27 Army Aviation Squadron – Tribute

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Pakistan Army Aviation Corps

Notes:

AS.550B3 Fennec
– Note: It is believed that 10 examples of this type were ordered during 2007, with deliveries expected to take place from late 2009 onwards, but that this acquisition has now been cancelled.

SE.3160 Alouette III
– Note: Any surviving examples were upgraded to SA.316B standard

AW139
– In service from May 2009

– Note: Of the 5 examples being acquired, 2 are to assume duties as VIP/VVIP transports whilst the remaining 3 will be fitted to undertake humanitarian relief operations. All 5 were delivered between May & October 2009

AH-1S Cobra
– Note: All of the airframes are in the process of undergoing upgrades to AH-1F configuration for conformity with newly-delivered former US Army examples arriving in 2007 & 2008. One Cobra is currently stored in a damaged condition following an accident

Bell 412EP
– In service from 2005

– Note: The vast majority of the Bell 412EPs are operated on behalf of the Ministry of Interior. The attrition losses occurred on 21st June 2006 & 6th February 2008.

UH-1H Iroquois
– Note: 40 airframes were due from the US via FMS (20 airworthy plus 20 for spares), but this acquisition appears to have been cancelled

IAR-330L Puma
– Note: All 4 are configured for VIP transportation tasks.

Mi-172 ‘Hip-H’
– Note: 3 aircraft delivered during the second half of 2008. All are configured for the VVIP & presidential transportation role.

Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’
– Note: Some of the Mi-17 Hips previously believed to have been Mi-17-IV variants are now confirmed as being Kazan-built Mi-17V5s, delivered in the mid-2000s. Another 2 aircraft were delivered during the second half of 2008. Both are configured for the MedEvac & SAR role. It is believed that another 4 have been acquired on a temporary basis in late 2009 via the US Army TSMO (Threat Systems Management Office) at Ft.Bliss, TX to assist with anti-Taliban operations in-country

Hughes 500
– Note: Formerly operated by the Inter-Service Intelligence Department (ISI) in very small numbers

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’
– Note: As many as 32 Mi-17-1V models are reported to have been acquired in a large batch delivered between 2002 & 2008. A further 6 Mi-17 (Mi-8MTV-1) helicopters have been leased from the US Department of Defense for use in ongoing anti-Taliban operations in the Swat Valley, having been delivered in late June 2009. The most recent attrition losses have been on 5th August 2004 & 3rd July 2009, the latter resulting in 26 fatalities. Another loss occurred on 24th October 2009, during fighting in the Bajaur tribal region, causing 3 fatalities aboard the helicopter.

Mi-24V ‘Hind-E’
– Note: Captured ex-Afghan example believed to have been in recent use.

Pakistan Army Aviation Corps – Updated

GENERAL | ORDER OF BATTLE | INVENTORY | BASES

Order of Battle Notes

6 Army Aviation Sqn was disbanded in 2002 but it is believed the squadron was reformed to operate newly-delivered Bell 412EP helicopters during 2005.

HQ Rawalpindi
HQ Pakistan Armed Forces

HQ Pakistan Army

Qasim AAB, Rawalpindi
HQ Pakistan Army Aviation Corps

Lahore AAB
2 (Composite) Army Aviation Squadron

MFI-17 Mushshak

SA.316B Alouette III

Multan AAB
3 Army Aviation Squadron

MFI-17 Mushshak

SA.315B Lama

Islamabad AAB
6 Army Aviation Squadron

AW139

Bell 412EP

Sharea Faisal AAB, Karachi
7 Army Aviation Squadron

IAR-316B Alouette III

MFI-17 Mushshak

SA.316B Alouette III

8 (Composite) Army Aviation Squadron

AS.350B3 Écureuil

MFI-17 Mushshak

Peshawar AAB
9 (Composite) Army Aviation Squadron

MFI-17 Mushshak

SA.315B Lama

SA.316B Alouette III

Inter-Service Intelligence Department

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

Rahwali AAB
303rd Aviation Group

MFI-17 Mushshak

TH-300C

UH-1H Iroquois

101st Aviation Group

13 Army Aviation Squadron

Aero Commander 690C Super

AS.350B3 Écureuil

Beech 200 Super King Air

Cessna 421C Golden Eagle

Cessna 550 Citation II Bravo

Cessna 560 Citation V

Gulfstream Jetprop 840

IAR-330L Puma

MFI-17 Mushshak

Mi-172 ‘Hip-H’

SA.330J Puma

UH-1H Iroquois

Y-12 II Turbo Panda

21 Army Aviation Squadron

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’

27 Army Aviation Squadron

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’

HQ Flight

MFI-17 Mushshak

Quetta Airfield
202nd Aviation Group

MFI-17 Mushshak

4 Army Aviation Squadron

Bell 412EP

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

Gilgit AAB
Detachment

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

Rahwali AAB
Detachment

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

Qasim AAB, Rawalpindi
24 Army Aviation Squadron

IAR-330L Puma

SA.330J Puma

UH-1H Iroquois

Multan AAB
25 Army Aviation Squadron

Bell 412EP

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

Gilgit AAB
Detachment

HQ Flight

Multan AAB
404th Aviation Group

MFI-17 Mushshak

31 Army Aviation Squadron

AH-1S Cobra

Bell 206B-2 JetRanger

Bell 206B-3 JetRanger

33 Army Aviation Squadron

AH-1S Cobra

Bell 206B-2 JetRanger

Bell 206B-3 JetRanger

35 Army Aviation Squadron

AH-1F Cobra

Bell 206B-2 JetRanger

Bell 206B-3 JetRanger

10 Army Aviation Squadron

MFI-17 Mushshak

SA.315B Lama

SA.316B Alouette III

Rahwali AAB
11 Army Aviation Squadron

MFI-17 Mushshak

SA.315B Lama

Mangla AAB
1 Army Aviation Squadron

MFI-17 Mushshak

SA.316B Alouette III

12 Army Aviation Squadron

MFI-17 Mushshak

UH-1H Iroquois

Skardu AAB
5 Army Aviation Squadron

AS.350B3 Écureuil

Mi-17-1V ‘Hip-H’

1 COMMENT

  1. ASIA PACIFIC
    Date Posted: 22-Jan-2010

    Jane’s Defence Weekly

    Pakistan looks to modernise fleet with AH-1Zs

    Craig Caffrey Jane’s Aviation Analyst -London

    Pakistan is looking to acquire a number of AH-1Z attack helicopters as a medium-term replacement for its ageing Cobras.

    Washington expects Pakistan to purchase the Bell AH-1Z Viper (Super Cobra) as a medium-term replacement for its current fleet of AH-1F/S Cobra attack helicopters, according to a new report on US assistance for Islamabad.

    The US State Department’s Pakistan Assistance Strategy Report, published in December 2009, states that the “Pakistan Army envisions acquiring 20 AH-1Z Cobras” at an expected cost of “at least USD500 million for the helicopters alone, with a total acquisition cost up to USD1 billion”. The department expects that the army will seek US Foreign Military Financing (FMF) in order to facilitate the deal.

    Deliveries could potentially proceed from 2015 onwards once the AH-1Z becomes available for export. However, requirements could be met before this date through either increased production or by allowing Pakistan to purchase units currently allocated for the US Marine Corps. Should the procurement proceed in this timeframe Pakistan could become the first export customer for the type.

    Pakistan’s current fleet of 39 AH-1F/S Cobras have been heavily utilised as part of the country’s ongoing counter-insurgency campaign and are seen by military planners in both countries as a key asset. Since 2007 the US has delivered 20 additional AH-1F Cobras to Pakistan in order to expand the capabilities of the army.

    In order to sustain the current capability at least eight aircraft from the army’s existing inventory are due to be refurbished in the short term utilising roughly USD75 million in Fiscal Year 2009 Pakistan Counterinsurgency Funds. The modernisation programme has been seen as a priority since 2008, but progress on the programme has been slow as a result of complications within the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process.

    The US is also providing assistance for a programme to arm Pakistan’s 24 Bell 412 utility helicopters as an interim measure until new attack helicopters can be acquired.
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