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China, Pakistan Kick off Shaheen VI

Published on September 14, 2017
Pakistan Air Force and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Air Force (PLAAF) kicked off their joint training exercises dubbed “Shaheen VI” in China.
It will conclude on September 27 2017

China, Pakistan Kick off Shaheen VI

Highlights of Shaheen VI

  • The Shaheen series of exercises Pak and China began in March 2011 and has since gone through five major iterations.
  • China had sent a wide range of aerial assets and troops, including Shenyang J-11 twin-engine multirole fighters, Xian JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, and surface-to-air missile crews and radar operators.
  • The JF-17 Thunder is a single-engine, lightweight, multi-role fighter which was co-developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry group. 
  • The Pakistan Air Force is the only current operator of the aircraft.
  • Pakistan’s Shaanxi ZDK-03 K. Eagle or Saab 200 Erieye has been sent to the exercises.

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