No. 5 Tactical Attack and Reconnaissance Squadron is the
second oldest fighter squadron in the PAF. It is one of the
few squadrons that conducts operational mission even during
peacetime. It is responsible for trans-frontier photo
reconnaissance the year round. The pilots of this
illustrious squadron use special reconnaissance pods to
photograph the entire eastern border from the Himalayas to
the Arabian Sea. The entire squadron is divided into several
parts, and is conducted in close coordination with friendly
radars and escorts. The results of reconnaissance flights
are disseminated among the Armed Services of Pakistan.
The squadron uses four different types of Mirage aircraft.
This alone makes it a unique squadron, as it has to face
multiple maintenance and operational problems. Despite this,
the squadron won the Inter-Squadron Maintenance Efficiency
Trophy in 1991, 1992 and 1995. During ISAC-96, the squadron
was placed first among all the conventional weapon systems
and was judged to be fourth over all.
The squadron completed fifty years on existence in 1997. An
impressive ceremony was arranged on 25 October 1997, to
celebrate this event, and a large number of serving and
retired PAF officers were invited to PAF Base Rafiqui. The
squadron arranged a historical presentation for the guests
during the event, which lasted for two days.
The squadron participated actively in all PAF operational
exercises. The specialist role of photo reconnaissance keeps
the squadron's operations dispersed to multiple locations
around the year. Monthly ADA duties and different training
cycles further increase the operational responsibilities of
this squadron. During peacetime, the squadron fulfilled
another kind of assignment by actively participating in the
last election and census duties. The No. 5 squadron Falcons
take their name from the squadron crest painted on their
A historical gallery has been set up in the squadron
headquarters to preserve the past and its glories. The main
feature of the gallery include photographs of the pioneers,
different trophies won by the squadron, crests, and other
photographs of historical significance.