India and the US to Hold Joint Air Exercise in October

24 August 2009 (Last Updated August 24th, 2009 18:30)

The Indian and US Air Forces will hold a joint air exercise in October involving transport aircraft and helicopters from both nations. 'Exercise Cope-India' will be held in Indian air bases at Agra and Chandigarh, which are also two major hubs for transport aircraft for the IAF.

The Indian and US Air Forces will hold a joint air exercise in October involving transport aircraft and helicopters from both nations.

'Exercise Cope-India' will be held in Indian air bases at Agra and Chandigarh, which are also two major hubs for transport aircraft for the IAF.

The USAF is expected to employ its C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift aircraft and C-130J Hercules medium-lift transport aircraft and Chinook heavy-lift choppers at the exercise, while India will deploy its transport fleet of IL-76, An-32 aircraft, Mi-17s and Mi-8s.

The exercise will also involve air drops involving personnel from both Indian and US special forces.