Indus Viper II: Airmen from Pakistan, Turkey hold joint drill

Published: March 18, 2013
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Turkish Ambassador M Babur Hizlan and Turkish Air Force Operations Chief Maj Gen Ares Mehmat meet the Turkish Air Force contingent at a PAF airbase. PHOTO: APP

Turkish Ambassador M Babur Hizlan and Turkish Air Force Operations Chief Maj Gen Ares Mehmat meet the Turkish Air Force contingent at a PAF airbase. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: International Air Exercise Indus Viper-II conducted between Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Turkish Air Force (TuAF) concluded at an operational airbase of PAF, a statement said on Sunday.

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

The Turkish Air Force contingent comprising five F-16 Fighting Falcons, combat pilots and ground technical crew participated in the air exercise conducted from March 4 to16,.

According to the statement, PAF emphasises on the combat training of its air and ground crew and regularly undertakes air exercises with air forces of friendly nations. These exercises play a vital role in honing the combat skills of PAF air crew and enable them to learn the latest air power employment strategies.

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.

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, Italian Air Force, Turkish Air Force (TuAF) and other allied countries.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2013.

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