International Air Exercise “TUSAP Raiders” conducted between PAF and Turkish Air Force (TuAF) concluded at an operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force.
The Turkish Air Force contingent comprising 05 F-16s C&D (Fighting Falcons), combat Pilots and ground technical crew participated in the Air Exercise, which was conducted from 05 to 17 October, 2015. Turkish Air Force’s renowned solo aerobatic team “SoloTurk” was also part of the contingent. The brotherly countries Pakistan and Turkey have a long history of military cooperation. To enhance mutual understanding between the two Air Forces, PAF and TuAF (Turkish Air Force), have been successfully conducting joint exercises for many decades. Exercise “TUSAP Raiders” was also planned in the same backdrop with an objective to excel in the air combat capability with focus on Air Power employment in any future conflict. This Air Exercise would provide an opportunity to combat crew of both the Air Forces to acquaint themselves with applied tactics of air power in near real scenario.
Pakistan Air Force emphasizes on the combat training of its air and ground crew and regularly undertakes Air Exercises with Allied Air Forces. These Exercises not only play a vital role in honing the combat skills of PAF air crew but also enable them to learn the latest Air Power employment strategies in complex theaters of warfare.
Pakistan Air Force has been participating in number of International Air Exercises with some of the best Air Forces of the world, including United States Air Force (USAF), Italian Air Force, Turkish Air Force (TuAF), PLAAF (Chinese Air Force) and Air Forces of other allied countries.