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Pak Air Force conducts joint exercise with China

The Year 2011 is being celebrated as the "Year of Pakistan-China Friendship".

Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 12:24 PM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistan Air Force on Friday announced it was conducting a joint exercise codenamed Shaheen-1 with the Chinese Air Force.

The exercise is aimed at sharing mutual experiences, honing professional skills and accruing maximum benefits from the expertise of the two air forces, said a statement issued by the PAF.

A contingent of the Chinese Air Force comprising combat jets, pilots and technicians had arrived at an operational base of the PAF for the exercise.

This is the first time that a contingent of the Chinese Air Force has deployed in Pakistan for an operational exercise.

The exercise coincides with the celebration of 2011 as the "Year of Pakistan-China Friendship".

PTI