Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pakistan and Qatar participate in joint aerial exercise Zilzal-II

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Qatar Emiri Air Force have launched the second edition of the joint aerial exercise ‘Zilzal-II’ in Qatar.

Building on the success of its debut in 2020, this exercise stands as a testament to the strong defense partnership between the two nations, aimed at bolstering interoperability and fostering shared learning.

Key Features of Exercise Zilzal-II

Zilzal-II, one of the most complex joint air force exercises, aims to enhance joint planning mechanisms, solidifying the existing defense partnership between Pakistan and Qatar.

Operational realism: Designed to mimic near-realistic aerial warfare scenarios, Exercise Zilzal-II provides a real-time opportunity for both Air Forces to assess and enhance their operational readiness.

Strategic collaboration: Exercise Zilzal-II represents a strategic collaboration fostering regional stability and security. The successful engagement of PAF’s J-10C fighter jets in this international arena demonstrates the air force’s dedication to innovation, international cooperation, and safeguarding the skies for a peaceful world.

Strengthening alliance for security: Exercise Zilzal-II serves as a platform to foster greater understanding, cooperation and friendship between Pakistan Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force, contributing to regional stability and security. In an official statement, Pakistan Air Force said that it remains committed to its mission of safeguarding the skies, strengthening international alliances and promoting peace through mutual cooperation.

Newly-inducted J-10C fighter jets participate in air drills

Pakistan’s newly inducted J-10C fighter aircraft will engage in its first-ever face-off against the Eurofighter jets of Qatar Emiri Air Force. This marks a historic moment as both nations showcase their cutting-edge capabilities and commitment to regional security.

Pakistan’s Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu described the successful induction and operationalization of J-10C fighter jets and their participation in international exercises in a short span as a “remarkable achievement.”

This achievement underscores PAF’s dedication to evolving into a technologically advanced and formidable air force, he said, according to a PAF media statement.

PAF J-10C
A J-10CE fighter jet conducts test flight shortly before it is delivered to the Pakistan Air Force on March 11, 2022. (Image Credit: AVIC)

“The rapid acquisition and operationalization of these advanced fighter aircraft showcases PAF’s dedication to maintaining a cutting-edge force, capable of meeting evolving challenges and defending Pakistan’s airspace with utmost proficiency.”

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