Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Meets with the top Turkish Military Leadership

Date: Issue 104 - February 2021

Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar KHAN visited Turkey from 12-16 January and held meetings with senior Turkish defense officials and discussed ways to further promote Pakistan-Turkey defense ties. 

The visiting Pakistani dignitary separately called on Minister for National Defense of Turkey Mr. Hulusi AKAR, Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Yaşar GÜLER, Turkish Air Force Commander General Hasan KÜÇÜKAKYÜZ, and Head of the Presidency of Turkish Defense Industries Prof. Dr Ismail Demir. During his interaction with the top Turkish defense officials, the Chief of Air Chief of Pakistan reiterated his commitment to enhance cooperation with Turkey in the fields of defense production, security and training by capitalizing on the respective strengths of each side. He also appreciated the Turkish defense production sector which has made good progress over the last few years. 

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan had a detailed meeting with the Turkish Air Force Commander General Hasan KÜÇÜKAKYÜZ. He thanked Turkey for the regular participation of Solo Turk in the national day celebrations of Pakistan. Various matters of mutual interest aimed at further promoting ties between the air forces of the two brotherly countries were deliberated. Both sides discussed in detail how the air forces of the brotherly countries could enhance collaboration and exchange expertise in meeting the challenges of the contemporary world. This included Pakistan’s participation in the Anatolian Eagle multinational exercise in Turkey, Turkish Air force participation in various exercises organized by the Pakistan Air Force, training and exchange of pilots, as well as defense production.  

During his stay in Ankara, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan also visited Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), leading technology firm HAVELSAN as well as Military Electronic Industries of Turkey (ASELSAN) and Turkey’s defense contracting firm ASFAT.