In a first, Chinese, Pakistani pilots jointly fly jets in combat drills



China on Thursday displayed its growing bonhomie with all-weather ally Pakistan, screening a video of Chinese language and Pakistani air pressure pilots collectively flying warplanes for the primary time whereas finishing up fight observe.

“Talking of Pakistan, the primary phrase that involves my thoughts is ‘Iron Pak’,” Col Wu Qian advised a media briefing, stating that this 12 months’s train ‘Shaheen-VI’, held in Xinjiang from September 5 to 25, was marked by a number of firsts.


He quoted President Xi Jinping as saying that Pakistan armed forces are the principle keep of Pakistan-China friendship, highlighting the widely-held perception that army cooperation with a watch on India is the driving pressure of their all-weather ties.

The Individuals’s Liberation Military holds media briefing as soon as a month for each overseas and home media.

“If we characterise Pakistan-China military-to-military relations,” the three key phrases are, “all-weather brotherhood, excessive degree mutual help and assist, and deep rooted strategic mutual belief,” Wu stated.

He stated this 12 months’s air pressure train was distinctive as it’s the first time because it started 5 years in the past that the 2 sides carried out “confrontation coaching” at night time in China and in addition the primary time they carried out shut assist operations.

In one more first, the 2 sides organised actual fight goal observe throughout the train backed by “parts reminiscent of naval aviation, particular operation items from the airborne troops,” he stated.

Pilots from the 2 sides additionally collectively flew the identical planes and carried out battle coaching for the primary time, he stated.

“There are extra forces and extra parts on this 12 months’s joint coaching train in contrast with earlier ones,” he stated.

On this 12 months’s drills, the Chinese language air pressure deployed surveillance radar planes like Airborne Warning And Management System moreover J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 floor forces together with surface-to-air missiles and radar troops.

Pakistan despatched JF-17 Thunder fighter jets, being collectively manufactured by each international locations, and early warning plane for the train.

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