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PAF vs IAF: Which Air Force Has an Upper Hand in Modern Warfare Capabilities?


PAF vs IAF  After the clash between Pakistan and India after the incident in Pulwama last February.

There was much debate about which aircraft in the country are superior to others on Pulwama .

While the results of the February 27 dog fight and reactions in the heat of war are enough evidence to evaluate the capabilities of the two air forces,

Let’s take a look at evidence based research to compare Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Indian Air Force (IAF)


1. Failure rate  PAF Vs IAF

Pakistan air force is 1342 aircraft compared to 2082 IAF aircraft

According to the latest figures from the 2019 Global Firepower Index.

The aircraft capacity in Pakistan is almost 65% compared with India

But it also has a lower accident rate.

According to Warbirds of India  more than 900 accidents have occurred in the LFA since 1947

and in Pakistan their number is 330.

2. Flight hours

Pakistani air force  pilots clearly enjoy more flying hours because of intense fighting and training.

According to some reports  PAF pilots spend 30 40 hours longer in flight than their Indian counterparts on average per year.

Speaking of Pakistani pilots after the F 16 Fighting Falcon exercises in 2010

Then Air Force Major General Windy Hendrick said:

All of them are experienced pilots who have from 500 to 1800 hours of fighter aircraft on the F-16,

And most of this time is combat hours in the fight against extremists.

They are very modest and do not talk about their experience.

But the more we learn about them and what they have done

the more we are proud that we are their instructors.


3. The ratio of the pilot and aircraft

The Indian Air Force is far from its Pakistani counterpart in terms of the ratio of pilots to aircraft, the practice of targeting, and the strength of the squadron.

Pakistan has 2.5 pilots per plane, while the IAF has 1.5 per plane, highlighting its problems with the squadron’s strengths

The Print reported in its report after Balakota.

In essence  this means that in the event of a full-scale war, PAF pilots  can conduct operations day and night more efficiently than IAFs.

The reason for this is that planes can even fly six flights a day, but pilots have to deal with the limits of human endurance.

India also does not have a testing ground for the practice of bombing, so it resorts only to simulation.

The Sonmyani Pakistan landfill is a modern facility that serves not only the purposes of the armed forces, but also other armed forces.

4. Pilot training

One of the main reasons for the success of PAF especially with regard to India, is the combination of pilot training and world-class repair crews.

Some reports claim that PAF repair teams are trained to Western standards.

Not only that, PAF pilots conduct joint exercises with the best in their field. Only in 2019

Exercises at the squadron level were conducted together with the air forces of China Turkey and Saudi Arabia, while India conducted exercises of a lower level with less frequency only in France.

5. Enemy forces ACMI Range

PAF currently manages 4 small enemy squadrons and develops tactics in the military commander school.

In addition, PAF uses NATO’s standard airborne combat electronic system (supplied by Turkey) to develop air combat tactics.

6. PAF pilots  Instructors

Pakistani Air Force recruits world-class instructors to train its PAF pilots.

PAF academies and institutes train not only foreign cadets from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Turkey, Qatar and Iraq

But also instructors from other countries’ academies such as the UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.Indian instructors are much less likely to participate in such exchange programs than their Pakistani counterparts.


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