A contingent comprising F-16 Block-52 combat jets assigned to No. 5 Squadron (Pakistan Air Force – PAF) arrived at Turkiye to take part in Anatolian Eagle 2023-2 multinational aerial exercises. International Anatolian Eagle-2023 Exercise will be held in 3rd Main Jet Base, Konya between 02 May-12 May 2023.
PAF’s No. 5 Squadron is part of the Jacobabad-based 39th tactical wing and Southern Air Command. This squadron is the 2nd oldest squadron of the Pakistan Air Force and saw combat during both Indo-Pak wars.
Apart from Pakistan Air Force, the following air forces are also participating in this year’s Anatolian Eagle exercise.
- Qatari Emiri Air Force (Eurofighter Typhoon)
- Azerbaijan Air Force (Su-25)
- United Arab Emirates Air Force (F-16 Block-60)
- Royal Saudi Air Force (F-15SA)
- Royal Air Force (Eurofighter Typhoon)
Through a variety of tactics and procedures used in a genuine combat setting, Anatolian Eagle aims to enhance the capacities of mutual support amongst forces.
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and the South Asian Arms race.