ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Chinese air forces on Wednesday commenced a joint exercise designed to deepen practical cooperation and enhance the actual-combat coaching degree of the 2 sides.
The joint air force exercise “Shaheen (Eagle)-IX” began on Wednesday at an operational airbase of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Sindh province.
A contingent of the People‘s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), comprising fight pilots, air defense controllers, and technical ground crew, was collaborating within the train, the PAF mentioned in an announcement.
The opening ceremony of the train was collectively witnessed by Deputy Chief of Air Employees (Operations) Air Vice Marshal Waqas Ahmed Sulehri and Assistant Chief of Employees, PLAAF, Major General Sun Hong, it mentioned.
“The joint train will enhance the precise degree of fight coaching and strengthen practical cooperation between the 2 air forces,” Sun mentioned.
Welcoming the Chinese contingent, Air Vice Marshal Sulehri mentioned that the “joint train will present a possibility to additional improve interoperability of each the air forces, thereby fortifying brotherly relations between the 2 international locations“.
Shaheen-IX is the ninth within the sequence of Joint Air Exercises which is performed annually in each international location on the alternate foundation. The primary such drill was held in Pakistan in March 2011.
All-weather mates, China and Pakistan share close army ties. China helps Pakistan to collectively produce JF-17 fighter jets and different armaments.