PAF and PLAAF’s Efforts for the Pak-China International Air Exercise Appreciated by COAS
A contingent of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) participated in Pakistan-China Joint International Air Exercise “Shaheen-VII” that was held at an operational air base of PAF. The PLAAF contingent comprises combat pilots, air defence controllers and technical ground crew along with fighter jets, bombers and early warning AWACS planes. This exercise will help to enhance close relations between the two countries in general and develop mechanism for interoperability of both air forces in particular.
COAS, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, witnessed the ongoing Pak-China International Air Exercise Shaheen-VII on December 12, 2018. Upon arrival, he was received by Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.
While interacting with combat crew, COAS lauded professionalism of participants and appreciated the efforts of PAF and PLAAF in conducting the exercise in a befitting manner. While highlighting the exemplary Pak-China relations, COAS said that the exercise would further strengthen and promote the friendship, exchanges and cooperation between two great nations and armed forces of both countries.
PAF emphasizes the combat training of its air and ground crew and regularly undertakes air exercises with air forces of friendly countries. Shaheen-VII is seventh in the series of joint air exercises with PLAAF, conducted each year in both countries on an alternate basis. Last year a PAF contingent participated in Shaheen-VI which was conducted in China.
Pakistan and China are strategic cooperative partners and all-weather friends, with the militaries of both countries always maintaining high-level exchanges as well as defence and security cooperation. The strategic partnership has manifested itself in the form of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), infrastructure development and routine joint military exercises.
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