IAF, US air force conduct joint exercise Ex Cope India 2018

The air forces of the United States and India are participating in a 12-day joint exercise called ‘Cope India 2018’ at two air force stations in West Bengal. Cope India 2018 is the fourth edition in the series of bilateral joint exercises held between the Indian Air Force and the US Air Force, which is conducted in India. For the first time, the exercise is being planned at two air force bases, Kalaikunda, and Panagarh from December 3-14. The Cope India exercise is being held after a gap of eight years, with the last one having taken place in 2010.

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Key Highlights

  • The Cope India exercise is being held after a gap of eight years, with the last one having taken place in 2010.The exercise is a long-standing bilateral US Pacific Air Forces-sponsored Field Training Exercise, conducted with the Indian Air Force.
  • It focuses on enhancing mutual cooperation between the US and India and building on the existing capabilities, aircrew tactics, and force employment.
  • It showcases the efforts and commitment of the two nations to build a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
  • Around 200 men from the US Air Force with 15 aircraft from the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan, and 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard will take part in the exercise alongside men from the Indian Air Force.
  • While the air force of the United States (USAF) is participating with 12 X F15 C/D and 03 XC-130, the IAF is participating with the Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000, C-130J and AWACS aircraft.

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