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- Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday launched a countrywide exercise “High Mark-2010” to validate the concepts that are vital in the overall defence of the country.


The exercise was commenced after Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman disseminated the Air Tasking Orders (ATO) to all PAF Units. The area of exercise will cover the entire country from Skardu in the north to the Arabian Sea in the south. The exercise will include joint operations with extensive participation from the Army and the Navy that would further enhance joint operations, integration and cooperation amongst the three services.


High Mark-2010 is aimed at conducting operations in near-realistic tactical environment while integrating new inductions and providing role-oriented training to combat and support elements of the PAF. The exercise is designed to achieve stipulated objectives with special emphasis on exposing the PAF combat crew to simulated air battles based on contemporary concepts.


All the Main Operating Baseís (MOB) and Forward Operating Bases (FOB) are participating in the exercise. New inductions like JF-17 Thunder aircraft and force multipliers like Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and air-to-air refueller aircraft are participating in the exercise for the first time.


Exercise High Mark is PAF’s biggest operational event that is being conducted after a pause of five years. The ever changing geo-political environment in the region demands change in the employment concepts and doctrinal changes in the application of air power with emphasis on joint operations.