The Pakistan and the People’s Liberation Army Air Forces have completed the joint international air exercise, code-named Shaheen-III, at an operational air base in Pakistan.

Aimed at strengthening the participants’ air warfare capabilities, the three-week drill featured the People’s Liberation Army Air Forces’ (PLAAF) J-10 and J-7 combat aircraft, and the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) JF-17 Thunder, Mirage and F7 PG fighters, and support elements.

Specifically, the exercise was designed to further strengthen the existing exemplary bonds between the two air forces, and enable learning of modern air warfare mechanics and operational thoughts sharing among pilots, radar controllers and other team members.

PLAAF delegation leader major general Zhan Houshun said the PAF has conducted joint exercises with foreign air forces for a long time, obtained great achievements, demonstrated first rate training level and combat efficiency and gained rich experiences that are worth learning and drawing lessons from.

"The exercise was designed to further strengthen the existing exemplary bonds between the two air forces."

"We have learnt a lot from you, which will bring a whole new inspiration to the innovation and development of PLAAF’s military training," Houshun said.

"I am sure that the closure of joint training is not an end but a new starting point which will deepen, broaden and promote the friendship, exchanges and cooperation between China and Pakistan, the two armed forces and especially the two air forces."

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Shaheen-III represents the third in a series of multi-dimensional Sino-Pak air drills held annually on an alternate basis in the two countries, with the last such exercise, Shaheen-II conducted in China in 2013.

Image: The Sino-Pak Shaheen-III air exercise involved participation from the Pakistan Air Force’s JF-17 combat aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Paki90.

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