Type: Airstrip first leased to UAE for hunting wildlife, then to USA for military operations.
Location: Washuk District, Balochistan, Pakistan.
Coordinates: 27°50’51.00″N 65° 9’35.63″E
Occupants: It was used by USA as a base for Predator drones from 2001 till 2011. Leased by UAE from 1992-2001. Now presumably controlled by Pakistan FC.
Comments: Shamsi Airfield caught my interest in particular due to the fact that no new imagery is available since after 2014. Another point of interest is it’s use by USA from 2001 till 2011 as a base for armed Predator drones which were used in counter terrorism attacks in nearby areas. USA vacated this base after frictions arising due to American raids inside Pakistani territory leading to deaths of 24 Paki armymen. This base for previously under control of UAE which used it for falconry trips.
Shamsi Airfield, 440 km from IB
Shamsi Airfield, airstrip length 2.3 km
Shamsi Airfield, airstrip length 2.3 km
Transport airplane on ground
Structures on way to airstrip from the main road
Look like shipping containers
3 American Predator drones in 2004
New hangars and buildings constructed after the previous image was taken Before 2004, there was only a single small hangar
Unidentified structure on right was constructed after 2007
A Mi-17 helicopter and Paki personnel after USA’s evacuation of the base.
Type: Military airbase with an adjacent civilian airport.
Location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa., Pakistan.
Coordinates: 33°59’57.74″N 71°30’53.90″E
Occupants: No. 26 and 16 squadrons of PAF operating JF-17 fighters
Peshawar airbase. Distance from LoC 218 km
Peshawar airbase. airstrip 2.65 km length
Aircraft on ground 1
Aircraft on ground 2. Possibly A-5 fighter Near hardened shelter
Aircraft on ground 3. JF-17 on Taxiway
Aircraft on ground 4. A-5 Near hardened shelters and helicopter (unidentified) base
Aircraft on ground 5. 3 JF-17 near shelters.
Aircraft on ground 6. Possible decommissioned Shenyang F-6,
Aircraft on ground 7 from 2014. These hardened shelters almost always have aircraft nearby
Aircraft on ground 8. Multiple helicopters and planes including one on display
Aircraft on ground 9. Six A5s and one helicopter in 2007
Aircraft on ground 10. Multiple types of aircraft including A5, F-6, F-86 and a few unidentified aircraft , most likely decommissioned. 2012
Aircraft on ground 11. Same place in 2017 with lot more aircrafts
Aircraft on ground 12. A-5s lined up in 2010
Aircraft on ground 13. One JF-17, one small plane and a helicopter
Aircraft on ground 14. One JF-17 on runway and taxiway each
Hardened aircraft shelters with some activity going on nearby
Aircraft on ground 15. Civilian aviation terminal
Hardened underground bunkers
Possible air defence site
Aircraft on ground 16. Helicopters and a transporter plane
Another air defence site
Unidentified. Possible underground storage, missile launch or air defence site
Underground fuel storage ?
Cantonment board office
Peshawar is one of the more important bases for PAF and houses 2 squadrons of their frontline JF-17 fighters. This airbase has been the target for 2 major islamist terrorist attacks in 2007 and 2012. In 2015, adjoining Camp Badaber also suffered an attack with 29 causalities. This base was used by the 6937th Communications Group of United States Air Force from July 17, 1959 until January 7, 1970
Type: FOB (Forward Operating Base) and a small domestic airport.
Location: Sindh, Pakistan.
Coordinates: 27°43′19″N 68°47′30″E
Sukkur Distance from International Border 97 km
Sukkur airstrip 2.76km
Aircraft shelters on end of runway
4 more aircraft shelters
Sukkur Airfield, some construction is going on in April 2017
Possibly hardened bunkers at end of the airstrip
A twin engined aircraft on airstrip in front of hangars
Swampy area near end of airstrip which gets flooded during monsoons
Sukkur barrage and bridge over Indus River
A small aircraft parked near the terminal
Barrage on Indus river
Sukkur Airfield is a dual use airport, but has limited military traffic. It is very near to the Thar desert. The barrage shown above was a possible target for Indian offensive in 1971 as it is a vital piece of infrastructure irrigating much of the agricultural land nearby.
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