National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, Sunday 02 December, 2018
Ex Cope India-18 is the fourth edition in the series of Bilateral Joint exercise held between IAF and USAF, which is conducted in India. This is the first time, the exercise is being planned at two Air Force bases, Kalaikunda and Panagarh from 03-14 Dec 18. USAF is participating with 12 X F15 C/D and 03 X C-130. IAF is participating with the Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 , C-130J & AWACS aircraft.
The aim of exercise is to provide operational exposure and undertake mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing operational capability. You can watch the arrival of US Air Force Aircraft fo the exercise in this video.
The USAF fighter aircraft F-15 arrived at IAF base Kalaikunda on Saturday. The exercise will host more than 40 aircraft including F-15 & C-130H aircraft of USAF.
The IAF contingent will comprise of Su-30MKI, Mirage-2000, Jaguars, IL-78, C-130J, AWACS & AEW&C aircraft.
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