On PLAAF Anniversary, Xi stresses building world-class air force
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), called for efforts to fully build the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) into a world-class air force on the 70th Founding anniversary of the PLAAF.
Xicalled for the PLAAF implement the Party’s thinking on strengthening the military and the military strategy for the new era, stay true to the founding mission, pass on the fine traditions and break new ground to fully build a world-class air force.
On occasion PLAAF has awarded 10 soldiers and officers for their outstanding contributions to the transformation of the air force and six others for their excellent performances in fulfilling flying and commanding duties.
The awardees include experts on anti-missile air defense technologies and air force strategic theories, and the air force’s first academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Commanders and pilots who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in flying fighter jets or dealing with major flight emergencies.
In recent years, the PLAAF aviation force has continuously advanced its capabilities in strategic early warning, air strikes and strategic projection says China Military Online.
PLAAF is continuously deepening joint training exercises with its counterparts such as Russia, Pakistan, and Thailand, etc. It has continuously organized such competitive assessment dubbed as Golden Helmet and Gold Darts, regular SOS combat exercises such as Red Sword, as well as systematic and practical training exercises. The proportion and frequency of actual combat training has been gradually increased, and tactical confrontation training at high seas and on the plateau has also been organized on a regular basis.
Since China announced its establishment of the East China Sea air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the PLAAF aviation force has been tasked with routine control, flying hundreds of combat sorties every year.