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Saturday, August 22, 2009

India, US to hold air exercise in October

New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) India and the US will hold a joint military exercise in October, involving transport aircraft and helicopters of the airforces of the two nations.

"We are going to hold 'Exercise Cope-India' in October this year with the US Air Force in Agra and Chandigarh involving transport aircraft and choppers from both sides," IAF officials said here.

Agra and Chandigarh are the two major hubs of transport aircraft of the IAF.

During the exercise, officials said, India would be represented by its Russian manufactured transport fleet of IL-76 heavy lift and An-32 aircraft along with its Mi-17s and Mi-8s.

The USAF is expected to include its C-17 Globemaster heavy lift and C-130J 'Hercules' medium lift transport aircraft besides the tandem rotor Chinook heavy lift choppers in the exercise.

"Indian and American Special Forces personnel will be air dropped during the war games," they said.

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