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Air chief vows to take Pakistan-Turkey defence industry cooperation to new heights

Air chief vows to take Pakistan-Turkey defence industry cooperation to new heights
July 1, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Chief of the Air Staff Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu has reiterated his commitment to take Pakistan-Turkey defense industry cooperation to new heights by capitalizing on the respective strengths of each side.

He expressed his commitment in a meeting with President of Turkish Defence Industries, Prof. Dr Ismail Demir.

During his interaction with Prof Dr Ismail Demir, the air chief appreciated the Turkish defence production sector for making unprecedented progress in indigenization and modernizing of its defence fleet over the last a few years.

Earlier, Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, who is on a 04-day official visit to Turkey, met with the senior Military leadership of Turkey.

The air chief separately called on Minister for National Defence of Turkey Hulusi AKAR and Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Yasar Guler.

During the meetings, he discussed ways to further promote Pakistan-Turkey defence ties, particularly between the two air forces through mutual experience sharing as well as relying on the respective strengths of each side.

Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, also called on Commander Turkish Air Force, General Hasan KÜÇÜKAKYÜZ.

Both the commanders held detailed discussion on enhancing collaboration and exchanging expertise between the air forces of the two countries to meet the challenges of the contemporary world. The discussion also included exchange & training of pilots between PAF and TurAF.

Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was also awarded Legion of Merit of Turkish Armed Forces in recognition of his outstanding services for promotion of collaboration and ties between the two air forces. General Hasan KÜÇÜKAKYÜZ, Commander Turkish Air Force, presented the medal.