Operational Air Base: Pak- China Joint International Air Exercise “Shaheen-V” on Thursday started at an Operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force. The contingent of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), comprising combat Pilots, Air Defence Controllers and technical ground crew is participating in this significant exercise. This exercise will help enhance close relations between the two countries in general and develop mechanism for interoperability of both Air Forces in particular.

Pakistan Air Force emphasizes the combat training of its air and ground crew and regularly undertakes Air Exercises with Air Forces of friendly countries. “Shaheen-V”, is the fifth in the series of Joint Air Exercises with PLAAF, which is conducted each year in both countries on alternate basis. PAF contingent participated in “Shaheen-IV” which was conducted in China last year.

Pakistan and China enjoy very close relations spanning over six decades. The strategic partnership has manifested itself in the form of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), infrastructure development and routine joint military exercises.