A contingent of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) participated in Exercise Spears of Victory, 2023, which concluded at Air War Centre Dhahran (King Abdulaziz Air Base), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on February 17, 2023. The PAF contingent consisted of pride of Pakistan, JF-17 Thunder and F-16 aircraft, which roared in the aerial boundaries of our Muslim brethren country during the exercise. The exercise also witnessed the participation of modern fighter jets and support elements from PAF and other friendly countries.
Air Marshal Abdul Moeed Khan, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Air Defence) witnessed the closing ceremony of the exercise and appreciated the efforts of PAF contingent for making the exercise a great success. While interacting with the air and ground crew, he said, “The existing global security scenario coupled with the evolving dynamics of air warfare calls for an enhanced partnership between Pakistan and the friendly countries. International and regional strategic situation is undergoing profound changes with the growing complexity in the security environment and such exercises provide an opportunity to enhance interoperability in the face of shared challenges”.
The third phase of the exercise started in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia during the first week of February. Besides, the host country Saudi Arabia, Air Forces from Bahrain, Greece, Jordan, Pakistan, Qatar, the UK and the USA also participated in the event. The exercise aimed at providing an opportunity to enhance interoperability with the participating countries. In addition to fostering military relations, the exercise also provided a platform to practice the integrated employment of combat and combat support assets, along with the formulation and validation of tactics against the contemporary threats.
The scenario contained a high number of offensive and defensive complex training missions with the presence of electronic warfare and air defence systems, supplemented with the presence of aggressive fighter aircraft to simulate the enemy capabilities. The exercise profoundly enhanced the operational capability, tactical maneuvering skills, the concept of joint employment, alliance-building among the friendly countries and war-time preparedness of the participating air and ground crew.
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