Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited Pakistan Air Force Base Mushaf on September 9. He was received by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, the PAF’s Chief of the Air Staff. Among the PM’s stops was the newly established Airpower Center of Excellence and attended a briefing on the ongoing exercise Saffron Bandit.
Envisioned by the Air Chief, ACE is a premier institution which has been equipped with state of the art facilities and infrastructure. Besides training the PAF personnel, this institute will also train combat crews of allied air forces by conducting multinational, training manoeuvres. The PM was also briefed on the first ever multinational exercise to be held in October this year which would be participated by the personnel from 19 air forces. The Prime Minister also showed his enthusiasm in the Aviation City project, which has been established in Kamra to bring in an innovative approach in the field of aviation. This city would mainly focus research and development initiatives with the help of industry.
During his visit, the Prime Minister also flew an exercise training mission in F-16 aircraft of the elite No 9 Multirole Squadron. The Air Chief, sitting in another F-16 aircraft also participated in the sortie. It was the first time in the history of Pakistan that a Prime Minister participated in a flying mission sitting in the rear cockpit of a fighter jet.