U.S., Thailand, Singapore officials to begin Cope Tiger 2010
By SOF Editor on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 10:55am
Aviation and ground units from the U.S. Air Force, the Republic of Singapore air force, and the Royal Thai Air Force and Army, will participate in the Cope Tiger 2010 field training exercise March 1 through 12 in Thailand. Cope Tiger is an annual, multilateral, aerial force exercise conducted in the Asia-Pacific region that includes humanitarian and civic assistance programs. The exercise takes place at Korat and Udon Thani Royal Thai Air Force Bases in Thailand. More than 1,600 people will participate in the exercise, including approximately 500 U.S. servicemembers and 1,100 servicemembers from Thailand and Singapore. The field training exercise includes a combined total of 120 aircraft and air defense units, 21 of which will be U.S. aircraft. U.S. aircraft scheduled to participate in Cope Tiger 2010 includes the C-130 Hercules, A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III, E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning Control System, and F-15 Eagle. Cope Tiger enhances combined readiness and interoperability, reinforces the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, and demonstrates U.S. capability to project combined and joint forces strategically in a multilateral environment.