Focus: GS III: Security Challenges
Why in News?
The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) are currently conducting Exercise Cope India 23, a bilateral air exercise. The exercise aims to enhance mutual understanding between the two Air Forces and share their best practices. It is being held at Air Force Stations Arjan Singh (Panagarh), Kalaikunda, and Agra.
Details of the Exercise:
- The first phase of the exercise began recently and is focused on air mobility.
- It will involve transport aircraft and Special Forces assets from both the Air Forces.
- Both sides will field the C-130J and C-17 aircraft, with the USAF operating an MC-130J as well.
- The exercise also includes the presence of Japanese Air Self Defence Force aircrew, who will participate in the capacity of observers.