In 1988, this squadron was stationed at PAF Base Rafiqui,
and was equipped with A-5 aircraft. The year was full of
operational commitments. In addition to one Flat Out and two
Wide Awake Exercises, the squadron carried out the Long
Shadow Exercise in February, and Hit Hard-VI, VII and VIII
in April, June, and August 1988, respectively. In addition,
the Fake-XIV and Shako Exercises were also carried out. The
squadron also participated in a Durandal bomb drop exercise
at Sonmiani range in December. In the later half of the
year, 1 vs. 1 DACT missions were carried out, evaluating the
performance of the A-5 against the F-7P in close combat.
In 1989, apart from taking part in Hit Hard exercises, the
squadron participated in the Armement Competition. During
the Fire Power Demonstration that followed the competition,
the squadron carried out level delivery of Mk-82 bombs.
During the month of May, five more aircraft were added to
the squadron's inventory. In November 1989, the squadron was
deployed at PAF Base Farid for Exercise High Mark. At the
end of the year, the Inter-Squadron Dive Bombing Competition
was held between 16 and 26 Squadrons, which the 16 Squadron
During 1990, the squadron carried out one Flat Out and three
Wide Awake exercises. Exercise Tondo-II, III, and IV were
also carried out. In the middle of the year, the Officer
Commanding, Wing Commander Zafar, went to China to carry out
evaluation trials in A-5M and F aircraft. The squadron
pilots also went to Sargodha to undergo SCUP.
During 1991, three FT-6 aircraft, fitted with Martin Baker
seats, were added to the inventory of the squadron. In
addition to the exercises Flat Out and Wide Awake, the
squadron also participated in Exercise Combat-VI, Sore
Eyes-III, and Condor-II. During November, the squadron moved
to Multan and during its stay there, it flew 115 sorties
with 100 per cent serviceability and reliability.
During 1992, the squadron carried out four Wide Awake and
three Flat Out exercises. The squadron also participated in
DACT Camp in April and May. In June, Exercise King Cobra was
held in which the squadron achieved 100 per cent results.
During 1993, in addition to the routine exercises, the
squadron carried out DACT in month of May and participated
in High Mark Exercise in October. During 1995, the squadron
participated in the exercise Saffron Bandit followed by
exercise High Mark.
In January 1996, the squadron proceeded to Masroor for
air-to-air firing. During this year, three Wide Awake and
three Flat Out exercises were also carried out. During 1997,
the squadron participated in exercise Fire Fox in March.
This was an Air Defence exercise aimed at generating low
level tracks for interceptors.
The year 1997 was full of squadron movements. The squadron
was deployed twice to Minhas for a DACT Camp, and to Murid
and Minhas as the runway of its parent base was being
re-carpeted. The squadron was also deployed at Chaklala for
ADA duties. The last deployment was at Sargodha for
participation in the exercise Saffron Bandit. The squadron
also participated in the fly-past on 7 September in
connection with Pakistan's Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Besides, the squadron carried out routine Wide Awake and
Flat Out exercises. In one of the Wide Awake exercise, the
canopy of an A-5 aircraft blew-off in the air, while it was
proceeding to the range. The aircraft landed safely at the
home base. It was during this year that operations on the
Jamurd Range were discontinued as it was handed over to
In April 1998, the squadron participated in exercise
Zarb-e-Aahen and exhibited a high standard of
professionalism that was appreciated by the Corps Commander
who had witnessed the entire exercise. In appreciation of
the performance of the squadron pilots, he visited the
squadron along with AOC, NAC, Air Vice Marshal Pervaiz Mirza,
and presented a memento to the squadron. The squadron was
awarded the ACES Trophy for the best performance, from among
all tactical attack squadrons, in the year 1997.