Pakistan Air Force
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) (Urdu: پاک فِضائیہ—Pāk Fizāʾiyah, Urdu: [pɑːk fɪzɑːɪjəɦ] or alternatively Urdu: پاکستان ہوائی فوج, Reporting name: PAF) is the aerial warfareuniform service branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces, tasked primarily with the aerial defence of Pakistan, with a secondary role of providing air support to the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Navy. The PAF has a tertiary role of providing strategic air transport and logistics capability to Pakistan. As of 2017, per IISS, the PAF has 70,000 personnel. It operates 755 aircraft.
Its primary mandate and mission is “to provide, in synergy with other inter-services, the most efficient, assured and cost effective aerial Defence of Pakistan.” Since its establishment in 1947, the PAF has been involved in various combat operations, providing aerial support to Inter–Services‘s operations and relief efforts. Under the Article 243, the Constitution of Pakistan appoints the President of Pakistan as the civilian Commander-in-Chief. The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), by statute a four-star air officer Air Chief Marshal, is appointed by the President with the consultation and confirmation needed from the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The PAF is currently commanded by Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan.
Main article: History of the Pakistan Air Force