ISLAMABAD, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have begun the
annual war exercises to train the aviation force against extremism, local TV
channel reported Saturday.
Giving briefing about the PAF exercises at the Air Headquarters in
Sargodha, a city in northeast Pakistan, Deputy Chief of Air Staff Muhammad Hasan
said that these drills are aimed at training the PAF for operation against
terrorists, the private TV GEO News reported.
Hasan said that PAF is employing pilotless UAV drone planes for the first
time in the recent drills to target the enemies, adding it was due to the
precision of PAF planning that common people were not among the casualties.
The army and air chiefs were informed in the briefing that a special
counter-insurgency training program was included in the exercise in wake of the
current security threats to the country.
Hasan said that the PAF have acquired the capability to keep itself aware
of any aerial movement inside the country's airspace and can respond within
three-minute time in any such case.
A joint Pakistan Army-Air Force war game named Exercise High Mark 2010
would be held next year, said Hasan.
Special Report: Pakistani