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Pakistan & China begin joint air force exercises

ISLAMABAD: According to news in media, Pakistan and China have begun their fifth joint air exercise, Shaheen-V, at an operational base in Pakistan on Thursday.

A contingent of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) comprising combat pilots, air defence controllers and technical ground crew besides a PAF contingent are participating in the exercises, according to a PAF spokesman.

Before this latest exercise, the last such exercise between Pakistan and China was Shaheen-IV which was led in Beijing in October, last year.

The exercise saw contribution of three different types of forefront fighter aircraft fitting to numerous PAF regiments for the initial time.

This exercise will enhance bilateral relationship and capability of the air forces of the two friendly neighbours, said Air Commodore Syed Muhammad Ali.

PAF has been a consistent member in a number of international air exercises with various air forces, including the United States Air Force (USAF), Italian Air Force, Turkish Air Force and other associated states.

The PAF spokesperson said Pakistan and China enjoy very handy association straddling over six decades. The planned corporation has been supplementary reinforced through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, infrastructure development and tedious joint military exercises, he said.

The news originally appeared in The Dawn News
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