Jiuquan, 30 August 2023 (TDI): The Chinese and Pakistani Air Forces have initiated their 10th joint training exercise, codenamed “Shaheen (Eagle) – X,” on August 28 within Chinese territory.

This collaboration is built on the foundation of the “Shaheen (Eagle)” series of joint training exercises. The exercises began back in March 2011.

The primary objective of this exercise is to elevate training standards. It also aims to enhance the cooperation and mutual understanding between the two armed forces.

The training regimen encompasses a diverse range of combat scenarios. It includes joint air defence, coordinated countermeasures, and synchronized seizure and control operations.

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The participating forces from both countries include fighter jets, early warning aircraft, ground-to-air missiles, radar and signal troops, as well as naval aviation units from China.

The exercise marks a significant highlight. It involves the participation of Pakistan’s J-10CE fighter jets, which were inducted into its air force in March 2022.

According to Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military aviation expert, the Pakistan Air Force relies on the J-10CE as its primary combat asset, while the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force possesses a significant fleet of J-10C fighter jets as well.

Fu pointed out that the exercise has the potential to improve the compatibility of the two nations’ forces within modern, technology-driven warfare systems.

These jets, independently developed by China, are equipped with advanced avionics and weapon systems. Therefore, allowing for precision attacks against both air and ground targets.

Moreover, the joint exercise provides an opportunity for pilots from both countries to share experiences and enhance their skills in a diverse operational environment.

The training scenario will also cover aspects such as joint air defence and countermeasures. It will contribute to increased interoperability and coordination in modern warfare systems. The exercise enables China to learn from Pakistan’s training practices.

On the other hand, Pakistan can strengthen its capabilities in safeguarding its airspace and conducting anti-terrorism operations. The exercise will continue until mid-September, occurring at strategic locations like Jiuquan and Yinchuan.