China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has begun joint training exercise, named Shaheen VI, in China on Thursday, PR China’s Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
The exercise will run until September 27 and involves aerial as well as surface assets of both the air forces.
Chinese Air Force has dispatched J-11 fighter jets, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft and ground forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops, said Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the PLA Air Force, adding the Chinese Navy’s aviation troops also participated in the training.
Shen added that PAF has sent its JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and ZDK-03 Karakoram Eagle AEW&C aircraft to join the exercise.
“To build a world-class air force, we need to learn from foreign armies and improve our capability to complete multiple tasks,” said Shen, adding the Chinese air force will increase international exchanges and sharpen its combat effectiveness.
The “Shaheen” joint training was launched by the Chinese and Pakistani air forces in March 2011