An Induction and Operationalization Ceremony was held at an operational base of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), on January 2, 2024. COAS, General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), attended the distinguished ceremony as the Chief Guest. Upon his arrival at the base, COAS was received by Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal (ACM), Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu. The ceremony showcased the newly inducted weapon systems and defense assets of PAF.
Upon his arrival, a smartly turned-out contingent of PAF presented the Guard of Honor to the COAS.
During his speech, CAS highlighted the latest inductions in the PAF's arsenal comprising J-10C fighter jets, air mobility platforms, modern radars, unmanned aerial systems, loitering munition capabilities and long range vectors, which have significantly bolstered the aerial defense capabilities of the country.
CAS also mentioned that the Center of Excellence for Air Mobility and Aviation Safety, College of Air Defense, and the reinvigoration of the Air Power Centre of Excellence, alongside the operationalization of the National Aerospace Science and Technology Park (NASTP), has provided PAF with the capability to stay abreast of the evolving challenges. He emphasized the progress achieved by PAF in the emerging domains of cyber and space technologies to ensure an impregnable defense of the country.
COAS, in his speech, lauded the operational preparedness of PAF in incorporating state-of-the-art weapon systems, substantially contributing to ensuring the balance of power in the region. While emphasizing the significance of indigenization and human resource development, COAS wholeheartedly endorsed PAF's dedication to technological advancements and operational excellence, reassuring that the Armed Forces of Pakistan are fully prepared to thwart any aggression. COAS also appreciated PAF’s efforts in the transportation of relief goods for the victims of the Gaza conflict.
Following the ceremony, a spectacular airshow was conducted, featuring various PAF fighter jets, training aircraft, and UAVs. The Chief Guest and the attendees later witnessed a static display showcasing the diverse PAF fighter, air mobility, and UAV fleet.