Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan on Tuesday said that Shaheen series of exercises will increase defense ties between the Air Forces of iron brothers; Pakistan and China.
According to the details, these views were expressed by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan after he flew an air superiority sortie in a Hi-Tech Chinese fighter aircraft during the ongoing Shaheen IX exercise.
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Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan said that these exercises will go a long way in enhancing the professional skills and operational preparedness of the Air Forces of Pakistan and China and also will aid in developing a mutual understanding of each other’s combat skills and promote interoperability.
He said Chinese Military Aviation Technology is at par with contemporary requirements and has full capacity to meet the challenges of modern warfare.
Air Chief lauded the professionalism of the Chinese Air Force and said that Chinese pilots’ outstanding air combat skills are reflective of the robust and modern combat training program of the Chinese Air Force.
Shaheen-IX is the ninth in the series of joint exercises between the PAF and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) which started in 2011 and are held in Pakistan and China on an alternate basis.
The contingent of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), comprising combat pilots, air defence controllers, and technical ground crew is participating in the exercise, according to a statement issued by the country’s air force.
The opening ceremony of the exercise was jointly witnessed by Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations) Air Vice Marshal Waqas Ahmed Sulehri and Assistant Chief of Staff, PLAAF Major General Sun Hong, it said.
Shaheen IX that commenced on the 9th of this month has now entered its last phase.