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India resumes joint air exercise with U.S., eyeing China

F-15s and homegrown Tejas jets feature in first Cope India since 2019

India's homegrown Tejas fighter jets will participate in the bilateral Cope India exercise with the U.S.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India has restarted a joint air exercise with the U.S. last held in 2019, likely aiming to send neighboring China a message as tensions over their border smolder.

The bilateral Cope India exercise is taking place in the states of West Bengal in eastern India and Uttar Pradesh in the north, the Indian Air Force said this week. The event, which dates to 2004, includes exchanges between specialists on both sides along with air drills.

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