KAMRA: It was a historic day for Pakistan Air Force indeed, as the prestigious No 14 Air Superiority Squadron was re-equipped with the indigenously manufactured JF-17 Thunder aircraft in an impressive induction ceremony held at PAF Base, Minhas on Thursday, says a press release.
Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Defence was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force Ex Air Chiefs and high ranking civil and military officials were also present at the occasion.
The Chief Guest reviewed the parade and awarded Squadron
Colour to the No 14 Air Superiority Squadron. JF-17 Thunders also presented fly past on the occasion. A documentary on the history of No 14 Air Superiority Squadron was also shown during the ceremony.
It was a cherished moment for Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra as well as it achieved a remarkable milestone of producing sixteen JF-17 Thunder Block-II aircraft in the year – 2016.
This memorable feat has been achieved by PAC, Kamra for the 2nd consecutive year. Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman PAC Kamra, handed over the documents of aircraft to Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.
The Air Chief, while speaking at the occasion said that Allah almightly has given us the strength to achieve this extraordinary milestone. He further said that JF-17 Thunder is an excellent fighter aircraft which can be easily compared with the 4th generation aircraft of the world.
He also appreciated the hard work put in by the engineers and technicians of PAC in making the country a self reliant nation. While speaking at the occasion, the chief guest lauded the personnel of PAC Kamra for achieving this momentous milestone by producing sixteen JF-17 Thunder aircraft in a year.
He reaffirmed the commitment of Pakistani Government to promote self-reliance in defence production and expressed his gratitude to the Government of China for providing unrelenting support to Pakistan.
He also congratulated PAF for re-equipment of yet another Operational Fighter Squadron with JF-17 Thunder aircraft, and assured that the induction of this state of the art fighter aircraft would enhance the operational readiness of Pakistan Air Force.