Saturday, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) concluded its bilateral air exercise “Falcon Talon” with the United States Air Force (USAF). The air exercise had started on 26th Feb 2022, with the deployment of USAF fighter jets at an operational base of PAF.
Air Marshal Zahid Mahmood, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel), Pakistan Air Force along with the United States Chargé d’Affaires in Pakistan, Angela Aggeler witnessed the culmination phase of the bilateral exercise ‘Falcon Talon’.
The exercise aimed at inter-operability in complex air operations in realistic contemporary scenarios. Interacting with the combat crew of both the air forces, Air Marshal Zahid congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the exercise.
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He also appreciated the air and ground crew for the smooth and professional conduct of this significant exercise. Furthermore, he added that both the air forces have a long history of enviable cordial relations. He hoped that this exercise would certainly enable both the air forces to learn from mutual experiences.
05 March, 2022: Air Marshal Zahid Mahmood, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel), Pakistan Air Force along with the United State's Chargé d'affaires in Pakistan, Angele Aggeler witnessed the culmination phase of the bilateral exercise Falcon Talon between Pakistan Air Force pic.twitter.com/OlfJYjbiMf
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PAF often conducts air exercises with different countries. In March 2021, PAF hosted a two-week multinational air exercise called ACES MEET 2021. The exercise saw active participation from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and the USAF.
To clarify, the purpose of the ACES MEET 2021 exercise is to maximize the combat readiness of all participant countries by providing them with a realistic training environment for air combat and counterterrorism operations. RSAF and USAF participated with their aircrafts. However, Bahrain, Egypt, and Jordan air forces acted as observers for the drill.
In the second round of the exercise later that year, PAF and the Turkish Air Force actively participated. Meanwhile, UK and Uzbekistan air forces were invited as observers.
Pakistan ready for J-10C
Important to note, PAF is making major progress. Earlier, the much-awaited J-10Cs from China landed in Kamra base. This is an important development as it is the first time the Chinese-built J-10C’s have been exported to any country.
The move promotes Chinese aviation equipment and increases mutual cooperation between Pakistan and China. It also boosts the combat capability of the Pakistan Air Force. To clarify, the Chines made J-10C is a modern single-engine delta wings fighter jet. The J-10C can identify multiple targets simultaneously. Moreover, it contains PL-15 missiles that can hit targets up to 200 km.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid revealed that the J-10C’s would perform for the first time on the 23 March Parade.
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