IAF, US Air Force Joint Exercise- “COPE INDIA 2019”
Indian Air Force (IAF) and US Air Force will participate in a bilateral exercise “COPE INDIA – 2019”, scheduled to be held on 03 to 14 December, 2018 at two air force stations in Kolkata (West Bengal).
COPE INDIA: Key Points:-
- The Exercise will be held at Air Force Station kalaikunda and Air Force Station Arjan Singh at Panagarh from December 3-14, 2018.
- The exercise showcases efforts and commitment of the two nations to build a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
- The exercise is being held after a gap of 8 years, the last one was held in 2010.
- COPE INDIA was begun in 2000. It is basically a fighter training exercise which includes flight test, practice and demonstrations as well as lectures on the subjects related to aviation.
- 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.
- “We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to fly and train with our Indian Air Force counterparts within their home country,” said Col. Darryl Insley, 13 Air Expeditionary Group-COPE India 2019 (AEG-CI19) Commander.
For Exam Purpose:-
IAF Chief (Air Chief Marshal): – Birender Singh Dhanoa
Indian Defence Minister: – Nirmala Sitharaman