No 5 Squadron is one of the oldest squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force and in the past no 5 Squadron was using French Mirage fighter jets. Now no 5 Squadron of PAF has been re-equipped with recently purchased high tech F-16 C/D Block 52+ fighter jets.
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani prasied the role of Pakistan Air Force in war against terrorists and said that both Pakistan army and air force are fighting against terrorists and are closely cooperating with each other in such operations.”
Pakistan Air Force’s Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said that Pakistan Air Force is transforming itself into a modern air force which can not only face external challenges but also the internal threats.
He said that introduction of advance weapons and support systems like F-16 Block 52+, Airborne Early Warning & Control aircrafts, Aerial Tankers capable of refueling fighter jets in air and Surface based air defense missile systems; Pakistan Air Force can efficiently respond to the threats faced by the Pakistan
He added that Pakistan air force will use all of its assets including the newly acquired F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets to protect the freedom of Pakistan against any aggressor, be it external or internal.The delivery of the 18 high tech F-16 C/D Block 52+ fighter jets to the Pakistan Air Force was completed in December 2010.