The two-week-long exercise saw active participation from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF). ACES MEET 2021-1 included multiple missions across the airpower spectrum and offered near-realistic and role-oriented training to participating members even during challenging situations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of PAK, RSAF and USAF special forces performed several Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) missions during the exercise. According to a statement posted on Radio Pakistan, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan air forces acted as observers for the drill. The exercise included the employment of fighter jets from the air forces of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, as well as airborne early warning and control aircraft and military satellites. The deployed assets helped improve coordination and harmony between the ground elements and air components.
Addressing the participants involved in the exercise, PAF Base Mushaf air commodore Ali Naeem Zahoor said, “The exercise provided an opportunity to learn via ‘mutual sharing of experiences. PAF is happy to share its experiences and expertise in the field of counter-terrorism operations with RSAF & USAF. With the successful and meaningful conduct of the exercise, we have consolidated our resolve that we stand by each other as allies and friends.”