January 22, 2015 (by Asif Shamim) - C-130s from the US and Bangladesh air forces will take part in an airlift exercise in Dhaka starting this Saturday.
MSgt. Chris Peters, 36th AS loadmaster, prepares to drop a Low-Cost, Low Altitude bundle during exercise Cope South over Bangladesh on November 9, 2013. [USAF photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy]
About 80 US personal will join 200 Bangladeshi airmen in Cope South 2015 which is the fourth time this exercise has been run. Three C-130Hs from Yokota in Japan will arrive in country and will work alongside a single Bangladeshi C-130 at BAF Base Bangabandhu, Kurmitola.
The US embassy in Dhaka says the exercise will further strengthen the relations between the two forces.
“The relationships built and sustained through these types of exercises, civil military operations and military exchanges help the United States and Bangladesh in humanitarian efforts and in preserving peace and stability in the region,” the embassy said in a media release.
During the week long exercise both countries will work on airlift and airdrop delivery tactics, techniques and procedures, with day/night operations. The exercise will end on January 30.