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PAF chief flies Chinese fighter jet during Shaheen IX exercise

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan has said the Shaheen exercises will go a long way in enhancing the professional skills and operational preparedness of the air forces of Pakistan and China.

He expressed these views after flying an air superiority sortie in a Hi-Tech Chinese fighter aircraft during ongoing Shaheen IX exercise. The air chief said these exercises will also help develop 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.

Lauding the professionalism of Chinese Air Force, the air chief said the outstanding air combat skills Chinese pilots are reflective of robust and modern combat training program of Chinese Air Force.

He expressing his satisfaction over the conduct of the exercise and said it was heartening to see the two air forces inter-operating across a wide spectrum of airpower employment options.

He also said that in modern times, competition in the air domain centers not only around mastery of technology but also on its artful application in both strategy and tactics. It is pertinent to mention that the joint Air Exercise Shaheen IX that commenced on 9th December has now entered its last phase.