Pakistan and Turkey has signed an air force pilot training exchange agreement. Agreement was signed by ACM Sohail Aman in Flight Crew Training Centre in Izmir, Turkey.
According to a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) press release both air forces will exchange two pilots every year.
“The main purpose of [MMFCT-C] is to provide comprehensive training solutions to Fighter Pilots of Allies and to develop flight training tactics and techniques in line with NATO’s operational requirements. It would also hone the interoperability amongst Allies and partners for future operations and exercises. It is pertinent to mention that two fighter pilots from PAF are already performing instructional duties at MMFCT.”
And “Participation in a multi-national air exercise in Turkey shall be an interesting as well as challenging task for Falcons of the PAF. Besides Pakistan, leading air forces from United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Qatar, NATO and Turkey with their latest aircraft and platforms are orchestrating air battle scenarios in demanding operational environments.”
Analyst, and former Australian defense attache to Islamabad, Brian Cloughley, points out that the present agreement is only for two pilots, and that the:
PAF is world-class in its pilot training, it’s therefore currently largely a symbolic arrangement, bringing the countries closer in overall cooperation.