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Pakistan, Turkey wrap up 13-day air exercises

Islamabad, Mar.17 (Xinhua-ANI): Pakistan and Turkey have concluded air exercises aimed at excelling in the air combat capability with focus on air power employment in any future conflict, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said Sunday.

The International Air Exercise Indus Viper-II conducted between PAF and Turkish Air Force (TuAF) concluded at an operational air base of Pakistan, the PAF spokesman said.

The Turkish Air Force contingent comprising of five F-16s C and D, combat pilots and ground technical crew, participated in the air exercises conducted from March 4 to 16.

“Pakistan Air Force emphasizes on the combat training of its air and ground crew and regularly undertakes Air Exercises with Allied Air Forces,” the spokesman said in a statement.

Air Exercise Indus Viper II provided an opportunity to combat crew of both the Air Forces to acquaint themselves with applied tactics of air power in near real scenario, he said.

To enhance mutual understanding between the two Air Forces, PAF and TuAF have been successfully conducting joint exercises for many decades.

Exercise Indus Viper-II was also planned in the same backdrop and is the second air exercise in this category.

Maj. Gen. Ares Mehmat, Chief of Operations, TuAF was the chief guest at the culmination ceremony. Air Marshal Waseem ud Din, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), PAF and Mr. M Babur Hizlan, the Ambassador of Turkey, were also present at the occasion.

Pakistan Air Force conducts such exercises on regular intervals both inland and abroad, the spokesman said.

He said the PAF has been participating in a number of International Air Exercises with some of the best Air Forces of the world, including United States Air Force (USAF), Italian Air Force, Turkish Air Force (TuAF) and Air Forces of other allied countries. (ANI)