IAF-USAF Joint Transport Exercise This October

The photograph to the right shows Indian paratroopers dropping out of a USAF C-130E aircraft near Agra during Exercise Cope India 2003. On October 19 this year, India and the US will begin conducting a five-day exercise involving their transport aircraft. According to a statement issued today by the IAF, the participating IAF aircraft include the IL-76, An-32 and Mi-17 chopper, while the Americans will field a C-17 Globemaster-III, a C-130J Super Hercules and a C-130H tactical transport. The IAF statement says, "The exercise is aimed at evaluating the efficacy of joint operations in the realm of tactics, aero medical aspects and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions involving medium and heavy lift transport aircraft."

Photo Copyright TSgt. Mike Buytas, USAF

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