ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan joint annual air exercise ‘Shaheen-X’ has commenced in the northwestern Chinese cities of Jiuquan and Yinchuan, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said on Tuesday, adding its lead fighter aircraft, J-10 C and JF-17, are participating in the exercise along with air and ground crew.
The Chinese and Pakistani air forces have been conducting the Shaheen joint exercise since 2011, which is hosted by both China and Pakistan on an alternate basis.
The exercise aims to enhance the aerial combat practices, operational readiness, interoperability and synergy among the strategic and time-tested allies in the region.
“The exercise is all set to elevate the caliber of practical combat training for participating adroit pilots and valiant personnel,” the PAF said in a statement.
“Moreover, incorporation of features like hybrid warfare, cyberspace and computing in this air exercise would augment Pakistan Air Force’s effectiveness in the dynamic and evolving landscape of modern warfare.”
The 10th joint air exercise would leverage the “iron-brother countries” to develop a comprehensive defense strategy to further consolidate their capacity of safeguarding their aerial boundaries in the face of shared challenges, according to the statement.
It heralds a remarkable endeavour to strengthen the bonds of camaraderie and unity between both the countries.
“Through such joint ventures, the PAF reaffirms its unwavering commitment to foster regional harmony, international security and perpetual advancement in its own prowess,” the statement added.