Pakistan-China begins joint airforce exercise Shaheen-IX

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – December 10, 2020
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan-China joint air exercise “Shaheen-IX” begun, Wednesday, at an operational Pakistan air force (PAF) air base.

According to a press release, opening ceremony of the exercise was jointly witnessed by PAF deputy chief of air staff — operations (DCAS-O) air vice marshal (AVM) Waqas Ahmed Sulehri and Chinese people’s liberation army air force (PLAAF) assistant chief of staff (ACS) major general (Maj.Gen.) Sun Hong.

A contingent of China’s PLAAF, comprising combat pilots, air defence controllers and technical ground crew, is participating in the exercise.

PLAAF ACS Maj.Gen.Hong said, “The joint exercise will improve the actual level of combat training and strengthen practical cooperation between the two air forces.”

Welcoming the Chinese contingent, PAF DCAS-O AVM Sulehri said, “The joint exercise will provide an opportunity to further enhance interoperability of both the air forces, thereby fortifying brotherly relations between the two countries.”

Shaheen-IX is the 9th in the series of joint air exercises conducted annually in both countries on alternate basis.

Earlier, according to a Chinese press release on Monday, the Chinese air force troops took off for an operational PAF’s air base in Pakistan to participate in the joint air force exercise.

The exercise, which will conclude in late December, is a project within the 2020 cooperation plan of the two militaries.

It will promote the development of Pakistan-China military to military relationship.