ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has concluded its participation in a two-week multinational air exercise, Bright Star, in Egypt, the PAF said on Sunday, after demonstrating its prowess in air combat.
The Bright Star 2023 exercise, held at Mohammed Naguib Military Base in Egypt, brought together a total of 30 countries, including prominent participants such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Oman, Jordan, Greece and Qatar.
Since its inception in 1977 as a bilateral training event between the US and Egypt, the Bright Star exercise has grown into a remarkable multinational initiative, promoting combined force interoperability and shared learning among participating nations to counter regional, hybrid threats.
“The exercise showcased the exemplary performance of PAF’s contingent and its state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. This participation not only highlighted PAF’s commitment to regional and international cooperation, but also underscored its capabilities and prowess to operate in diverse and challenging environments,” the PAF said in a statement.
“Pakistan Air Force, with its commitment to regional stability and international cooperation, actively immersed in this exercise, emphasizing the profound strategic significance of this collaborative endeavor. The PAF contingent, comprising dedicated air and ground crews, demonstrated exceptional capabilities during the exercise, highlighting the prowess of the pride of Pakistan, the JF-17 Thunder aircraft.”
The PAF, through rigorous training and realistic aerial warfare scenarios, reaffirmed its operational readiness and commitment to tackle contemporary strategic challenges during the two-week exercise, according to the statement.
Its distinguished engagement in this prestigious event stood as a testament to the PAF’s dedication to the cause of global peace and security.
“Pakistan Air Force looks forward to future collaboration with Air Forces of allied countries and to continue developing its capabilities to meet the evolving challenges in the face of contemporary security threats,” the statement read.