1st phase of “High Mark-2010” concludes

The first phase of biggest exercise of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) entitled “High Mark-2010” has been completed successfully and the second phase of these exercises would be start from today (Wednesday).

On the conclusion of the first phase, the fighter planes of PAF targeted the supposed positions of enemies with 100 percent accuracy.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Defence Minister Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majeed, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, Naval Chief Nouman Bashir, members of the defence committee of the parliament and high military officers graced the inaugural ceremony of the exercise.

The PAF’s chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman in his brief address said that the drills are aimed at estimation of the PAF capabilities.

He said that PAF is improving its war abilities even in peace time, adding these exercises would improve PAF’s strength.

PAF’s latest fighter planes including JF-17 Thunder, F-16 Mirages displayed fire power and earned huge laurel from the participants.

Various practices including mid-air refueling and air-to-land targeting with missiles and bombs was also conducted during the exercises. The refueler plane has recently been incorporated in the PAF fleet. The plane supplied fuel to two Mirages during the Drills. Moreover, the plane also displayed the feat of deceiving the enemy’s radar.

The high mark exercises include search-and-relief operation, the use of spy planes, expeditious supply of heavy apparatus by the transport planes and the ground operation with the help of the PAF in war against terrorism.

Services Chiefs and members of Defence Committee praised the high standard of the exercises.

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