playing a significant role in the Afghan War, this squadron
maintained its legendary traditions during numerous
operational exercises in the last decade. It made a landmark
contribution to the history of the PAF by winning the 'Top
Gun' trophy of ACES, three years in a row, in 1993, 1994,
While deployed at Masroor in February 1990, the squadron
carried out GB trials at Sonmiani air-to-ground range and
also participated in exercise Hit Hard-XII. In July 1991,
the squadron participated in a DACT Camp against 5, 18 and
20 Squadrons. There was an imminent threat to our nuclear
installations in early 1992, and the squadron had to fly the
national contingency 'Thunderbolt' for a period from 19
February 1992 onwards. During the last decade, the squadron
remained very busy during all the operational, air defence
and multi-national exercises, as well as Saffron Bandit,
DACT Camps, Inspired Alert etc. Besides, the squadron is
also an operational conversion unit for the F-16 aircraft.
Therefore, the squadron is responsible for conducting these
courses. The squadron achieved a unique distinction when all
of its instructors gathered on-type flying experience in
excess of 1,000 hours.
During High Mark-93, the squadron achieved 100 per cent of
the allotted task; the squadron earned 225 kills out of all
the shots claimed. ATLIS attack had a 100 per cent success
rate. The squadron secured third position in the ISAC-96,
held at Masroor.
After the nuclear tests by India in May 1998, the tension in
the borders heightened. The PAF was out on higher alert and
the squadron was moved to its wartime location on 24 May
1998. In spite of the very hot weather and the degraded
facilities at the satellite, the squadron measured up to the
task, and successfully and satisfactorily performed the day
and night ADA duties till Pakistan's tests were completed on
28 May 1998.
The Inspectorate team visited the squadron on 28 October
1991 and termed the inspection as exceptional. The ACES team
visited the squadron on 8 February 1993 and the squadron won
three out of four trophies, including 'Top Gun' for the year
1993. During ORI of 1995, the squadron won the ACES trophy
for the second consecutive time, winning three out of four
trophies again. In 1996, the squadron achieved a landmark in
the history of the PAF by retaining the coveted ACES trophy
for the third consecutive time. During ACES inspection in
1997, the squadron secured the second position, staying very
close to the 'Top Gun' squadron for the year 1998.
The squadron had the honor of receiving a number of
important visitors, including the Prime Ministers, Chairman
Joint Chiefs if Staff, the Defence Ministers and the Chief
of Air Staff.