ISLAMABAD: The J-10 fighter jets of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Ba Yi Aerobatic Team have arrived in Pakistan in preparation for a flight performance here on March 23 in celebration of Pakistan’s National Day.
The Chinese pilots, invited by the Pakistani side, received a warm welcome upon arrival as local children greeted them with bouquets, China Central Television reported.
Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of International Relations, told the Chinese media that China sending fighter jets to celebrate Pakistan Day is symbolic of the friendship between China and Pakistan, noting that Pakistan is an all-weather friend of China .
This is not the first time that the team has performed in Pakistan.
On November 19 2017, the team staged a “wonderful” aerobatic flight with J-10 fighter jets in Quetta, the capital city of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, according to China Military Online.
In addition to the J-10’s flight performance, Chinese analysts expect more Chinese elements at Pakistan Day parade as the country operates a variety of Chinese weapons.
The Pakistan Air Force’s main fighter jet, the JF-17, is a product of Chinese-Pakistani joint development, China Military Online reported.
The Pakistan Air Force also operates the ZDK-03 early warning aircraft, which is developed by China and is reportedly capable of aerial detection and sharing real time battlefield information.
The MBT-2000 main battle tank developed by China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) is designated the Al-Khalid in the Pakistan Army, the report said.
Pakistan also operates China’s HJ-8 anti-tank missile and FM-90 air defense missile, according to China Military Online.