A Symbol of Excellence in Aviation


In 1971, five years after induction of F6 aircraft in PAF, it was realized that the aircraft had started falling due for overhaul and in the absence of in country overhaul facility, the aircraft would be sent abroad for desired inspections, resulting in huge amount of spending in terms of Foreign Exchange and generating undesired downtime for the aircraft fleet. With this background the commanders of Pakistan Air Force decided to embark upon achieving the historic goal of creating an indigenous overhauling facility for F6 Fleet of PAF. After negotiation with the OEM and the Chinese Government, the establishment of F6 Rebuild Factory now known as Aircraft Rebuild Factory (ARF) started at Kamra duly supervised by Chinese Experts. On its completion, the first ever aircraft rolled out after Overhaul in the year 1980.

Having gained the overhauling experience of Chinese Origin Aircraft, it was considered essential to establish a similar General Overhaul (GOH) facility for French Origin Mirage III & V aircraft of PAF. The project for establishment of Mirage Rebuild Factory (MRF) started in 1974 and the first overhauled Mirage aircraft rolled out of the factory in the year 1980. Atar 09c engine and related accessories Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility was also established at MRF during early 80s with subsequent addition of various other engine MRO services. After establishment of overhaul of Chinese and French Origin aircraft, efforts were generated to enter into the arena of Aircraft Manufacturing. As a humble beginning a light trainer MFI-17 aircraft was chosen for indigenous manufacturing, for which Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF) was established after successful negotiation with the Swedish OEM in the year 1975.

As all these factories are co-located at Kamra, they were placed under the umbrella of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). The journey in the aviation industry did not stop here because it was felt that the Eyes and Ears of these potent platforms (Ground Based Radar) are not being looked after indigenously and are still creating blind pockets because of prolong downtimes Owing to major maintenance abroad. To cater for this adverse situation once again an indigenous facility had to be established, so it was decided to establish Kamra Avionics and Radar Factory (KARF) now known as Avionics Production Factory (APF), once again under the umbrella of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

Later in years once the influence of avionics systems increased tremendously on capability and performance of the aircraft, a complete setup for the avionics maintenance was embedded into APF. The expertise developed during overhauling of ground radars came handy at APF and today it stands out as the most advanced avionics facility in the country.

Similarly, the experience of manufacturing a light aircraft gave Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF) the impetus to go into a co-designing and development program for manufacturing of a Jet Aircraft. Once again the Pak-China friendship played a vital role and K-8 project was initiated at AMF. The project culminated as production of a Jet-Trainer Co-designed and produced by Pakistan and China in 1994. AMF is involved even today in manufacturing of about 20% of the structure of K-8 at these facilities. This background of AMF was considered good enough to venture into the area of indigenous production of a jet fighter aircraft. That is how AMF is now fully involved in the national program of co-producing JF-17 Thunder Aircraft with China.

Chairman PAC Board

Air Vice Marshal Hakim Raza Apr, 2024 - Till Date
Air Vice Marshal Nadeem Akhtar Khan Jan, 2023 - Apr, 2024
Air Marshal Muhammad Mughees Afzal Jul, 2021 - Jan, 2023
Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali Jan, 2020 - Jul, 2021
Air Marshal Ahmer Shahzad Sep, 2017 - Jan, 2020
Air Marshal Arshad Mehmood Malik Aug, 2016 - Sep, 2017
Air Marshal Javaid Ahmed Aug, 2014 - Aug, 2016
Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan Jun, 2012 - Aug, 2014
Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan Mar, 2009 - Jun, 2012
Air Marshal Khalid Choudhry Apr, 2006 - Mar, 2009
Air Marshal Aurangzeb Khan Jun, 2002 - Apr, 2006
Air Marshal Pervez A Nawaz Dec, 2000 - Jun, 2002
Air Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir Sep, 2000 - Dec, 2000

Director General

Air Vice Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir Jan, 1999 - Sep, 2000
Air Marshal Saeed Anwer Jun, 1997 - Jan, 1999
Air Vice Marshal A Rahim Yousafzai Nov, 1994 - Jun, 1997
Air Marshal Dilawar Hussain May, 1993 - Nov, 1994
Air Vice Marshal M Yousaf Khan Jan, 1991 - May, 1993
Air Vice Marshal S K Abbas Zaidi Mar, 1990 - Jan, 1991
Air Vice Marshal Farooq Umer Jul, 1986 - Mar, 1990
Air Vice Marshal M Ajmal Khan Dec, 1984 - Jul, 1986
Air Marshal Iftikhar A Khan May, 1982 - Dec, 1984
Air Vice Marshal Atta I Sheikh Oct, 1981 - May, 1982
Air Marshal Sheikh M Saeed Aug, 1975 - Oct, 1981