Indo-US air exercise concludes
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, Nov 18, IRNA
The second Indo-US air exercise in which F-16 Fighting Falcons and E-3 Gentry Airborne Warning System and Control Aircraft of the US Air Force took part of System and Control aircraft of the US Air Force-(USAF) took part for the first time concluded at the Indian Air Force's Klaikunda airbase in West Bengal.
The aim of the exercise codenamed `Cope India 06' was to interact professionally and culturally with the USAF positioned as the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world, Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-IN-C) Air Marshal F H Major said here.
"The homegrown ingenuity and skills of the IAF pilots earn respect from different nations across the globe", he said.
The joint exercise, which commenced on November 7, saw flying exercise for eight days with three days holidays thrown in between, IAF sources said.
Twelve F-16s, C-5 transport aircraft from the USAF besides frontline IAF fighters Sukhoi-30, MiG 29, MiG 27, Mirage 2000, MiG 21 bison, and also AN 32 and GCI radars participated.
"Such exercises not only help in promoting mutual understanding and learning from each others' experience but also enhance interoperability and help refine joint operational procedures", the major said.
The first such air exercise was held at Gwalior on Feb 1, 2004.
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