BEIJING, Sept 27 (TNS): A Pakistani air force official has been given a flight on one of China’s new fighter jets reports Chinese media.
Haseeb Piracha, who heads Pakistan’s Southern Air Force Command, was able to fly for an hour onboard one of China’s third generation fighters, the J-11BS.
The Air Vice Marshal was accompanied by Xin Xin, a vice-chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force. This marks the first time that a Pakistani top military official has flied China’s new fighter jet.
The Chinese warplane performed acrobatic manoeuvres during the flight, drawing praise for Haseeb. After the flight, Haseeb said “this is all that I can bear, but Xin Xin could bear much more”.
Haseeb is in China for the “Shaheen VI” joint military training exercises in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which involves the air forces of China and Pakistan.
The exercises include Chinese J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces, including surface-to-air missile and radar troops.
Pakistan’s involvement includes that country’s JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and early warning aircraft.