The US Air Force and Indian Air Forces participated in exercise Cope India (CI-18) at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air Station Arjan Singh, India, Dec. 3-14, 2018.
Exercise CI18 is a long-standing bilateral U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored field training exercise focused on enhancing U.S.-Indian mutual cooperation by building on existing capabilities, aircrew tactics and force employment.
Cope India began in 2004 as a fighter training exercise held at Air Station Gwalior, India. The exercise has evolved to incorporate subject matter expert exchanges, air mobility training, airdrop training and large-force exercises, in addition to fighter-training exercises. The exercise was last held in 2009.
The exercise showcases U.S. and India’s efforts and commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.