Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, visited Air Force Station Kalaikunda to interact with participating forces of ongoing Ex Cope India 18 between U.S Air Force (USAF) and Indian Air Force (IAF).
According to a press release, fourth edition of Ex Cope India is aimed to provide operational exposure to the participating forces and mutual exchange of the best practices towards enhancing capability of Indian Air Force. United States Air Force (USAF) is participating with F-15, C-130 where as IAF is participating with Su-30MKI, Mirage-2000, Jaguar, C-130J, AWACS and AEW&C. Additionally, Special Forces from both the Air Forces are also participating in the exercise.
Chief of the Air Staff B S Dhanoa was received by Air Mashal R Nambiar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command and Air Cmde Saji Antony who is Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Kalaikunda.
The Chief of the Air Staff B S Dhanoa was briefed in detail about various phases of the exercise and was apprised of its progress. Post briefing, Chief of the Air Staff visited the USAF and IAF detachment, wherein he interacted with the personnel of both the Air Forces. He was satisfied with the progress of the exercise and complimented all participants on their professional approach and conduct during the exercise.
During the interaction, Chief of the Air Staff emphasized on the importance of joint exercises as they create an environment of camaraderie and an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices in enhancing operational synergy. In the past, IAF has participated in International exercises with USAF including the Ex-Red Flag. Recently for the first time, IAF had participated in Ex Pitch Black at Darwin, Australia in which 130 aircraft from 16 countries took part.