ISLAMABAD: ​Army Air Defence Command (AAD) Commander Lieutenant General Hamood Uz Zaman Khan witnessed the final phase of the live firing exercise and closing ceremony of the Pakistan-Egypt Joint Air Defence Exercise “Sky Guards-1” held on Friday in Cairo, Egypt, said a statement issued by the Pakistan Army’s media wing.

Troops of Pakistan Army Air Defence, Pakistan Air Force Air Defence and Egyptian Air Defence Forces participated in the first-ever exercise of this kind, reported the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). “​The two weeks long exercise was focused on the integration, synchronisation, information gathering, interoperability and decision making of committing the Air Defence assets in a battle to offer an aggressive and prompt response to hostile air threat.”

The chief guest also witnessed live fire of different weapons including fire of Igla missile by Pakistan Army Air Defence and Crotale missile by Pakistan Airforce Air Defence, the ISPR said.

Lt Gen Hamood lauded the professionalism of participating troops and emphasized the need to be abreast with emerging trends and techniques, according to the ISPR.

Pakistan Ambassador to Egypt Sajid Bilal, Air Vice Marshal Abdul Moeed Khan, Director General Air Operations PAF, Observer Brig Gen Emad Hagi from Bahrain, and a large number of military officials from both countries attended the ceremony, the statement concluded.

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