Subscribe Free
in Defence / Training

TRAINING: Air Exercise ACES Meet 2021-1 Held in Pakistan

Posted 29 April 2021 · Add Comment

Pakistan hosted a two-week long multinational air exercise- ACES Meet 2021-1 with the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF).

A Pakistan Air Force spokesperson said the participating air forces actively engaged in multiple missions across the spectrum of airpower.

He said the fourth edition of the exercise, which took place in Mushaf Air Base, involved synergetic employment of various assets including special forces to enhance coordination and harmony between ground elements and air component of the campaign. “The ACES Meet 2021-1 was aimed at mutual sharing of experiences through near-realistic and role oriented training,” he added.

Saudi Arabia and the US brought combat aircraft and fairly large contingents of pilots and technical staff to the exercise.

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) contingent consisted of 180 officials, including pilots and technicians, who arrived with several Tornado multirole combat aircraft and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The United States Air Force (USAF) team comprised 70 members. The host used their F16 and JF17 fighter jets in the exercise.

Around 50 officials from Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain were in Pakistan as observers at the multinational air exercise.

Commanding operations officer of the Royal Saudi Air Force Lt. Col. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Hajri said that the exercise were carried out in different stages, including planning and implementations of various air operations.

The purpose of the exercise was to maximise the combat readiness of all participant countries by providing them with a realistic training environment for air combat and counterterrorism operations.

“Pakistan Air Force was happy to share its experiences and expertise in the field of counter-terrorism operations with RSAF and the USAF,” said Air Commodore Ali Naeem Zahoor, Base Commander PAF Base Mushaf. “At the same time, the exercise also provided a good opportunity for us for mutual learning … With the successful and meaningful conduct of exercise, we have consolidated our resolve, that we stand by each other as allies and friends,” he added.

The participation of Saudi Air Force in the exercises is seen as a symbol of reassurance of the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, who attended the drill’s closing ceremony as guest of honour, thanked PAF for arranging the exercise.

“Such exercises increased the comradeship and professional excellence of the participants,” the envoy said.

(Pic courtesy : Ministry of Defense in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Other Stories
Latest News

Flights to Tel Aviv to be diverted

Flights to Tel Aviv will be diverted over fear of rocket strikes as the country continues tensions with Hamas.

Collins Aerospace unveils new look for its Venue Cabin Management System

Collins Aerospace has updated its VenueTM Cabin Management System (CMS). A new and improved Venue graphical user interface (GUI) is now available for aftermarket installations of the system.

Gulf Air to resume flights to Larnaca and Malaga

Gulf Air will resume its direct operations to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus with 2 weekly flights starting from 15 June, and Malaga in Spain with 2 weekly flights starting from 30 June until 29 August.

Dubai Airports welcomes a Serene Air flight from Lahore

Dubai Airports has welcomed a Serene Air flight from Lahore to Dubai.

Gulf Air flights operated by vaccinated crew starting from Eid

Gulf Air has said starting from 13 today, the first day of Eid Al Fitr, all its flights will be operated by 100% vaccinated crew including pilots and flight attendants.

P7 Aviation adds Boeing B747 Full Flight Simulator

The wide-body aircraft simulator will expand P7 Aviationís training offering from the current Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 Classic training capability and seeks to support Boeing 747 operators throughout the Middle East, Asia and

EDGE SK2601300621
See us at
F.OPEX21 BT270521Aviation MENA 2022DAS21_BTWorld Defence Show 2022Aviation Africa 2021 BTOC