Lahore: Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force visited a PAF Base for witnessing the last phase of the Joint International Air Exercise “Shaheen-III” at an Operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force today.
The contingent of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), comprises combat Pilots, Air Defence Controllers and technical ground crew.
After witnessing the Air Exercise, the Air Chief expressed his satisfaction on the professional acumen of the participating combat pilots and technicians of the Air Exercise.
While talking to the Joint Air Exercise participants, he said, “The Air Exercises between the two professional Air Forces would not only cement the already existing friendly bonds but would also give an opportunity to learn from each others combat experience.
“Shaheen-III” which is being conducted in near real scenario will provide an opportunity to combat crew of both Air Forces to acquaint themselves with the latest employment concepts and practices”.
People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) contingent is comprised of J-10 and J-7 combat aircraft where as PAF JF-17 Thunder, Mirage and F7 PG combat aircraft are participating in this multi-dimensional Joint Air Exercise.
Pakistan Air Force emphasizes the combat training of its air and ground crew and regularly undertakes Air Exercises with Allied Air Forces. “Shaheen-III”, which is the third in the series of Joint Air Exercises with PLAAF, is conducted annually on alternate basis in both countries. It is pertinent to mention that “Shaheen-II” was conducted in China last year.
Pakistan Air Force has been regularly participating in a number of International Air Exercises with some of the best Air Forces of the world, including United States Air Force (USAF), Italian Air Force, Turkish Air Force (TuAF), Royal Jordanian Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force and Air Forces of other allied countries.