The air forces of China and Pakistan began joint training exercises in China on Thursday.
China has dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces, including surface-to-air missile and radar troops, said Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, adding the Chinese navy’s aviation troops also participated in the training.
Pakistan has sent JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and early warning aircraft to join the exercise, named “Shaheen VI,” which will run until Sept. 27, Shen said.
“To build a world-class air force, we need to learn from foreign armies and improve our capability to complete multiple tasks,” said Shen, adding the Chinese air force will increase international exchanges and sharpen its combat effectiveness.
The “Shaheen” joint training was launched by the Chinese and Pakistani air forces in March 2011.