ISLAMABAD, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu Thursday visited the 3rd Main Jet Base in Konya, Turkey to review the multi-national air exercise “Anatolian Eagle-2021”.
The Air Chief was given a detailed briefing about the conduct of the exercise, said a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) media release received here.
While interacting with the participants, the Air Chief praised the operational readiness and professionalism of the participating aircrew.
He also underscored the significance of training in air operations for synergetic and effective employment of assets in a real scenario.
He said, “Such exercises contribute immensely in achieving greater synergy and cooperation amongst friendly forces.”
“Anatolian Eagle” is an annual event held alternately in Turkey and Pakistan.
This year the exercise features participation from Air Forces of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Qatar.
The PAF contingent comprises of JF-17 Thunder aircraft along with personnel from various PAF units and squadrons. The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability between the participating air forces.
Earlier, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, called on President of Turkish Defence Industries, Prof. Dr Ismail Demir.
During his interaction with Prof. Dr Ismail Demir, the Air Chief appreciated the Turkish defence production sector which has made unprecedented progress over the last few years. The Air Chief appreciated the efforts put in by Turkish defence industry for indigenization and modernizing its defence fleet. He also reiterated his commitment to take Pakistan-Turkey military industry cooperation to new heights by capitalizing on the respective strengths of each side.
Later in the day, the Air Chief also visited Military Electronic Industries of Turkey (ASELSAN) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Commander Turkish Air Force General Hasan Küçükakyüz was also present at TAI.