Cope India '05
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yesterday ran a story on F-16 maintenance during the Cope India '05 exercise
, which began on Nov. 7 and lasts until Nov. 16 and is the third such exercise between the two countries. Reading this story actually made me think back to Cope India '04, though. During that exercise, Indian pilots reportedly beat US pilots in mock fights an astounding 90% of the time! And this was against the F-15, considered to be one of the best -- if not the
best -- air-to-air fighter around. The results of Cope India '04 were cited by US Air Force officials as evidence that the service needs the F/A-22 Raptor
. I have wonder if we'll be hearing the same argument after Cope India '05 wraps up...