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Ex Cope India-18: IAF Chief interacts with Indian, US forces

ANI  |  Kalaikunda (West Bengal) [India] 

Marshal on Wednesday visited in Kalaikunda to interact with participating forces of the ongoing Ex 2018 between (USAF) and (IAF).

The Marshal was received by R Nambiar, Air Officer Commanding-in-and Commanding Kalaikunda.

The fourth edition of the Ex is aimed to provide operational exposure to the participating forces and mutual exchange of the best practices towards enhancing capability.

USAF is participating with F-15, and the Indian side 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.

During his visit, the was briefed in detail about various phases of the exercise and was apprised of its progress. Post the briefing, the 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, as per an official statement.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa emphasised 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.

Ex 2018 is a testimony of the growing Indo-US relationship. In the past, the has participated in International exercises with USAF including the Ex-Red Flag. Recently for the first time, the IAF had participated in Ex Pitch Black at Darwin, in which 130 from 16 countries took part.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 01:51 IST