About 250 Airmen from Pacific Air Forces join several hundred of their Indian counterparts for the two-week, dissimilar air combat training exercise in which simulated combat flying takes place among different types of aircraft.
“The reason we have come together for this exercise is so that we can work together,” said Indian Air Force Group Captain Hari Kumar, exercise director.
There are F-16 Fighting Falcons from Misawa Air Base, Japan, and an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from Kadena AB, Japan, taking part in the exercise. The Indians will fly several MiG model aircraft, as well as the Su-30.
Maybe we’ll see some F/A-22s next year. After all, it was the poor showing by US F-15s last year that gave a lot of boost to Raptor supporters.
Incidentally, I don’t think its a coincidence that the India-US military relationship has made so many headlines of late.
UPDATE: Here’s a shot of the US contingent. Note the two-seater fourth from the top (#477):
UPDATE: Meanwhile, US and Japanese planes will tangle this week and next off the coast of Japan in Cope North.