Rawalpindi: Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan-China Joint Air Exercise “Shaheen-IX” would benefit the two Iron Brothers.
“Such joint training ventures are vital to increase combat readiness of both countries to face emerging geo-strategic challenges,” the top General said this week during his visit to an Operational Base of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to witness Pakistan-China Joint Air Exercise “Shaheen-IX.”
The COAS lauded the professionalism and dedication of PAF and reiterated the importance of inter-services harmony and synergy for operational success.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing, General Bajwa said that the joint exercise will improve combat capacity of both Air Forces substantially and also enhance interoperability between them with greater strength and harmony.
Shaheen-IX is the 9th in the series of joint exercises between PAF and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) which started in 2011 and are held in Pakistan and China on alternate basis, said the military statement.
While interacting with the base personnel, the army chief lauded the professionalism and dedication of PAF and reiterated the importance of inter- services harmony and synergy for operational success.
“PAF’s cutting edge aside, what makes it second to None is the high morale and thorough professionalism of its personnel,” the COAS added.
The Army Chief said the Joint Exercise will improve the combat capacity of both Air Forces substantially and also enhance interoperability between them with greater strength and harmony.
The COAS said that such joint training ventures were vital to increase combat readiness of both countries to face emerging geo-strategic challenges.
According to ISPR, the COAS was received by the Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan.
Last month, the longtime allies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further deepen bilateral defense cooperation. The agreement was reached during Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe’s visit to Pakistan.