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- Sunday, September 06, 2009 - From Print Edition


PAF OPERATIONAL BASE: While the Pakistan Air Force continues to undertake anti militant operations in Fata and Swat in coordination with Pak Army, it has simultaneously embarked upon a training regimen wherein the PAF’s entire combat force is being exposed to similar operations.


For this purpose, experience gained from the recent operations has been dovetailed into an exercise code named “Saffron Bandit”, which is well underway on one of the PAF’s main operating bases.


The academic and flying curriculum of the exercise has been so orchestrated that it is not only training the tactical level combat crew but is also providing rich experience to its air battle staff at the operational levels in such operations.


Upon the completion of the exercise “Saffron Bandit”, PAF’s effectiveness would be further enhanced to undertake similar operations on as required basis.


In order to witness the progress of exercise “Saffron Bandit”, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman visited a main PAF base along with senior officers of the PAF and Pak Army.


Upon arriving at the base, Deputy Chief of Air Staff Operations Air Marshal Mohammad Hassan gave a briefing to the senior military leadership, which was followed by a comprehensive presentation by Gp Cpt Suleman Aziz on various facets of air operations focusing mainly on anti militant operations.


Later, the dignitaries went to a firing range to witness live delivery of weapons by the PAF aircraft. The flying demonstrations depicted lethal and accurate weapon delivery symbolizing joint efforts of the two services.