ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is participating in two large-scale flying exercises at two separate locations across the globe, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to enhancing its aerial prowess and strengthening international cooperation. The participation involves PAF’s J-10 C and JF-17 lead fighter aircraft, Combat Pilots, Air Defence Controllers, and technical ground crew, who are actively engaged in the Shaheen-X bilateral Air Exercise hosted by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in China and the Bright Star Air Exercise held in Egypt. The successful induction and operationalization of the J-10C fighter jets in PAF’s fighter fleet and their participation in an international exercise in an unprecedented short span of time is a remarkable achievement. The feat has been achieved in line with modernization plan of Air Chief Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, premised on smart inductions and focused indigenization. The participation of these fighter jets in Exercise Shaheen-X marks a significant milestone in PAF’s journey towards a technologically advanced and formidable air force.
The rapid acquisition and operationalization of these advanced aircraft showcase PAF’s dedication to maintaining a cutting-edge force capable of meeting evolving challenges and defending Pakistan’s airspace with utmost proficiency. As the Sino-Pak joint annual air exercise Shaheen-X is in full swing in the Jiuquan and Yinchuan cities of Northwest China, the exceptional event highlights the dedication and capabilities of the Pakistan Air Force, demonstrating its commitment to fostering mutual learning and collaboration with allied countries. The Shaheen-X exercise in China and the Bright Star Air Exercise in Egypt provide invaluable opportunities for PAF to build upon its operational experience and exchange knowledge with esteemed counterparts from around the world.