Defense

November 30, 2018
 

US, India join forces in bilateral flying training

Two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, Japan, sit on the flightline at Air Force Station Agra, India, during exercise COPE INDIA Oct. 19-24, 2009.

The U.S. and Indian air forces are scheduled to participate in exercise Cope India 2019 (CI19) at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air Station Arjan Singh, India, Dec. 3-14, 2018.

Exercise CI19 is a long-standing bilateral U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored field training exercise focused on enhancing U.S.-Indian mutual cooperation by building on existing capabilities, aircrew tactics and force employment.

“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, 13th Air Expeditionary Group-Cope India 2019 (AEG-CI19) commander. “Through participation in Cope India, I’m confident that all Airmen involved will both increase their skills and build meaningful bonds through bilateral engagements and exchanges.”

Approximately 200 U.S. Airmen with 15 aircraft from the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan, and 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, will participate in CI19 alongside their IAF counterparts.

Cope India began in 2004 as a fighter training exercise held at Air Station Gwalior, India. The exercise has evolved to incorporate subject matter expert exchanges, air mobility training, air drop training and large-force exercises, in addition to fighter-training exercises. The exercise was last held in 2009.

The exercise showcases U.S. and India’s efforts and commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.




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