BEIJING – Air forces of China and Pakistan will conduct a joint training exercise Shaheen-VII at an airbase in Pakistan from Friday, according to a Chinese defence ministry spokesperson.
China will send its fighter jets, bombers and early warning AWACS planes to the exercise which will run until December 23, Col Ren Guoiang said during his monthly briefing held Thursday.
The exercise is part of the annual cooperation plan between the two countries and it will strengthen bilateral cooperation and help improve combat capabilities of both the sides.
Shaheen series of exercises between the two countries, who are close partners, began in March 2011 and has since gone through six major iterations.
Responding to a question regarding the participation of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the Zhuhai Air Show held early this month in China, Guoiang said China and Pakistan are strategic cooperative partners and all-weather friends and the two militaries always maintain high-level exchanges as well as defense and security cooperation.
The spokesperson added that the PAF set very high standards during its performance in the air show.
The PAF ha recently presented the stunning aerial display of ‘Pride of Pakistan’ JF-17 Thunder aircraft during the air show as part of the 10th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS 2018) in Karachi. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra also set up the Pakistan Pavilion to showcase its different products.