US-Bangladesh Joint Air Exercise reflects better bilateral understanding

BANGLADESH

A six-day joint exercise titled ‘Exercise Cop South-2022’ participation of Bangladesh Air Force and US Pacific Air Force under the direction of the Armed Forces Department and under the management of Bangladesh Air Force Air ended at Bangladesh Air Force Base Bangabandhu on 25 February 2022 (Friday). 36th Airlift Wing of the US, Yokota Air Base, Japan (part of the US Pacific Air Force), and the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) started their joint air exercise, dubbed Cope South 22, focusing on enhancing the bilateral relations of the Bangladesh Air Force with the United States, assisting in the long-term modernization efforts of the Bangladesh Armed Forces by providing training and strengthening regional stability for a shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific in the Indo-Pacific in February 20 in the Dhaka Kurmitola Cantonment and Operation Alpha in Sylhet, according to the Pacific Air Force statement.

The focus of the exercise is to enhance humanitarian assistance capability during any natural disaster, the objective of the exercise is to ensure maximum utilization of BAF transport aircraft and develop interoperability between BAF and United States Air Force. According to a statement released by Pacific Air Forces on February 11, US airmen from 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base in Japan, and Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) participate in exercise “Cope South 22” on February 20-25 at BAF Kurmitola Cantonment, Dhaka and operating location – Alpha in Sylhet for a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored bilateral tactical airlift exercise. Approximately 70 US airmen along with two US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from 36th Airlift Squadron will join approximately 300 Bangladesh armed forces members