Pride of Pakistan

Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali, chairman of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra tells Alan Warnes about the varied work it undertakes

MAIN IMAGE: PAC Kamra has handed over 26 dual-seat JF-17B Thunders within the past 13 months that as well as supporting training will bring a new tactical capability to the PAF. Eventually they will be equipped with the new KLJ-7A AESA radar 
All images by Alan Warnes
LEFT: PAC Kamra is located about 40 miles west of Islamabad 

In common with production facilities all over the world, Kamra-based Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) initially suffered from the onset of the COVID- 19 pandemic. And not least because it faced a very specific challenge, continuing to look after the entire Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fleet at the same time as building a new aircraft type.

Ensuring that the maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facility could carry on with its vital work fell on the shoulders of Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali, who became PAC chairman in early January 2020, just as COVID-19 was gathering pace. The former F-16 Viper pilot told AIR International recently: “Within a few weeks of arriving here I had to come up with solutions to ensure the health and safety of the 15,000 workers, while serving the many needs of the PAF. It was quite a job!”

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