Afghan War

A Story of No. 9 Griffin and No. 14 Shaheen Squadron. 

  • Squadron leader Hamid Qadri from Squadron No. 9
    May 17th, 1986
  • Squadron Leader Badar from Squadron No. 14,
    April 16th, 1987
  • Squadron Leader Athar Bokhari from Squadron No. 14,
    April 8th, 1988
  • Flight Lieutenant Khalid Mahmood from Squadron No. 14,
    September 12th, 1988
  • Flight Lieutenant Khalid Mahmood from Squadron No. 14,
    November 3rd, 1988
     

    Date Pilot Name & AF Unit Aircraft Flown
    Base
    Kills
    Aircraft/Pilot
    Comments
    17 May 1986 Sqn. Ldr. A. Hameed Qadri
    No. 9 Squadron, PAF
    F-16A Fighting Falcon
    (S. No. 82-723)
    PAF Sargodha
    2 Soviet/Afghan Su-22s Shot down both Su-22s in a single sortie 16,000 ft. over Parachinar, Pakistan. 1 AIM-9L Sidewinder Kill, 1 Gun Kill.
    30 March 1987 Wng. Cdr. Abdul Razzaq
    No. 9 Squadron, PAF
    F-16A Fighting Falcon
    PAF Sargodha
    1 Soviet/Afghan An-26 Shot down near Miranshah, Pakistan while on a recce mission.
    16 April 1987 Sqn. Ldr. Badar Islam
    No. 14 Squadron, PAF
    F-16A Fighting Falcon
    PAF Minhas (Kamra)
    1 Soviet/Afghan Su-22 Shot down after strafing Pakistani villages near Tull, Pakistan along with another Su-22 and with a pair of MiG-23MLDs flying top cover. Remaining 3 aircraft bugged out.
    8 April 1988 Sqn. Ldr. Athar Bokhari
    No. 14 Squadron, PAF
    F-16A Fighting Falcon
    (S. No. 85-725)
    PAF Minhas (Kamra)
    1 Soviet Su-25
    Col. Ruskoi Alexander Valadimirovich, Soviet Air Force (ejected)
    1 PAF F-16 Vs. 4 Soviet Su-25s. Night interception over Parachinar, Pakistan. AIM-9L Sidewinder Kill. Remaining 3 Su-25s bugged out. Soviet Su-25 pilot, Col. Ruskoi Alexander Valadimirovich, (later Vice-President of Russia) was taken prisoner by Pakistani authorities.
    12 September 1988 Flt. Lt. Khalid Mahmood
    No. 14 Squadron, PAF
    F-16A Fighting Falcon
    (S. No. 85-728) PAF Minhas (Kamra)
    2 Soviet MiG-23MLDs 2 PAF F-16s Vs. 6 Soviet MiG-23s. Near Nawagai border area with Pakistan. Both Kills in a single sortie with AIM-9L and AIM-9P Sidewinders.
    3 November 1988 Flt. Lt. Khalid Mahmood
    No. 14 Squadron, PAF
    F-16A Fighting Falcon
    (S. No. 84-717)
    PAF Minhas (Kamra)
    1 Afghan Air Force Su-22
    Capt. Hashim, AAF (ejected)
    2 PAF F-16s Vs. 6 Soviet/Afghan Su-22s. (3 on ground attack and 3 flying top cover) near Tull, Pakistan. Kill made with 2 AIM-9L Sidewinders. Afghan pilot, Capt. Hashim, was captured after bailing out.
    20/21 November 1988 (Rank?) Muhammad Abbas Khattak
    No. 14 Squadron, PAF
    F-16A Fighting Falcon
    PAF Minhas (Kamra)
    1 Soviet An-26 Shot down while on a recce mission inside Pakistan. PAF pilot later Chief of the Air Staff, PAF, 1994-1997.
    31 January 1989 Flt. Lt. Khalid Mahmood
    No. 14 Squadron, PAF
    F-16B Fighting Falcon
    PAF Minhas (Kamra)
    1 Soviet An-24 Night interception near Bannu, Pakistan while on a solo ‘hot scramble’. An-24 on bombing run crashed while attempting to surrender. Thus credited as ‘manoeuvre kill’.
    Total: 10 Air-to-Air Kills NOTE: This table does not include all the PAF Kill figures for the 1979-1988 Soviet-Afghan War which remain classified with the PAF.