ISLAMABAD – Pakistan-China Joint International Air Exercise “Shaheen-V” commenced on Thursday at an Operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
The contingent of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), comprising combat pilots, air defence controllers and technical ground crew is participating in this significant exercise.
According to PAF news release, the exercise will continue till April 30. The exercise will help enhance close relations between the two countries in general and develop mechanism for inter-operability of both the air forces in particular.
PAF emphasizes the combat training of its air and ground crew and regularly undertakes air exercises with the air forces of friendly countries. Shaheen-V is the fifth in the series of Joint Air Exercises with PLAAF, which is conducted every year in both countries on alternate basis. The PAF contingent participated in Shaheen-IV which was conducted in China last year.
Pakistan and China enjoy very close relations spanning over six decades. The strategic partnership has manifested itself in the form of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), infrastructure development and routine joint military exercises.