Ex Cope India 2018 to Commence from December 3

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) will begin a 12-day joint exercise “Ex Cope India-2018” on Monday to provide operational exposure to their personnel and undertake mutual exchange of best practices for enhancing operational capability, the Defence Ministry said.

As per the statement, this is the first time the exercise has been planned at two Air Force bases in West Bengal’s Kalaikunda and Panagarh from Dec 3 to Dec 14, 2018.

“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 statement said.

“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,” the statement added.