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PAF responds to Indian air war game with 40 day ‘Exercise High Mark’


PAF responds to Indian air war game with 40 day ‘Exercise High Mark’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will launch its countrywide “Exercise High Mark-2010”, from next week to test its professional skills and capabilities.

Defence sources say that this kind of exercise is held after every five years and involves all aerial frontiers and bases from across the country, including the latest missile and firepower of the country.

“The exercise would continue for 40 days and, for the first time, the JF-17 Thunder will also participate in the exercise, in addition to F-16s and other fighter planes,” the sources said, adding that it would be entirely an internal activity and no foreign nation would be invited to participate in it.

It is the main peacetime activity and will cover the entire country from Skardu in the north to the Arabian Sea in the south.

The exercise would also involve the army and naval contingents to show an integrated approach to deal with any eventuality in the time of war.

It would include joint operations with extensive participation from the army and navy, which would further enhance cooperation amongst the three forces. PAF to launch ‘Exercise High Mark’ next week By Sajjad Malik

The Bharati (aka Indian) air war game was seen as an attempt to show off the air power of the Air Force–whose 300 planes remain been grounded.
Islamabad—Indian fighter jets carried out a provocative air war games close to the Pakistan border on Sunday in a symbolic show of air power at a time when the two nuclear-armed rivals are trying to improve relations.

Military attaches from about 30 countries, excluding Pakistan and China were invited to witness the India’s military firepower.

The air war games follow the first official talks between India and Pakistan since the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The talks remained fruitless with foreign secretaries of the two countries agreeing to keep in touch.

“This is not just a firepower demonstration but a clear message about what India’s air force is capable of,” said Uday Bhaskar, a New Delhi-based strategic affairs expert. “It is a message to the neighbours.”

Tensions between India and Pakistan are a problem by themselves but the stakes have risen further with their roles in the war in Afghanistan.

In Sunday’s war games, planes including Sukhois and MiG 21s, roared through the sky, bombing simulated targets including the so-called militant training camps and bunkers.

President Pratibha Patil and Defence Minister A.K. Antony watched as mock targets were hit with bombs and rockets, raising huge balls of fire and dust in the deserts of Pokhran, the site of India’s nuclear testing facility.

Defence analysts say the Indian air exercise was an attempt to boost the falling morale of Indian air force following the induction of JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft in Pakistan Air Force which gave Pakistan a marked edge over India.

By excluding Pakistan and China from the air power exercise, India has exposed its inimical designs against its two most important neighbours.

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  1. August 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    very good game

  2. Rafiq
    September 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    The last comment is not accurate. I can understand China being important to India and in the long term India and China will become friends…but dont understand the importance of Pakistan. Pakistan should take India’s help to fight the Talaban. Right now too many Talaban in Pakistan.

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