An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | May 2, 2023

B-1B Lancers Integrate with Partners, Build Interoperability during Exercise COPE INDIA 2023

By 2nd Lt. Michael Caggiano 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- B-1B Lancers assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron successfully participated in exercise COPE INDIA 2023, April 10-21, 2023. Participation in the exercise enhanced partnership between the U.S. Air Force and Indian Air Force (IAF).

The 34th Bomb Squadron flew in the long-standing U.S. Pacific Air Forces exercise to enhance U.S.-Indian mutual cooperation and build on existing capabilities, aircrew tactics and force employment. Exercise COPE INDIA 23 marks the first time that a B-1B Lancer has participated in an exercise with India, second time being in India in the last two months, and third time in two years that the 34th BS has flown and landed in India.

The partnership between U.S. and Indian forces continues to grow through information sharing, liaison officers, defense enabling agreements, and increasingly complex exercises like COPE INDIA.

“The 34th Bomb Squadron, ‘World Famous Thunderbirds’, are grateful for the opportunity to integrate and train with India as we strengthen our Indo-Pacific partnership,” said 34th BS Commander Lt. Col. Ross Hobbs. “The 34th was able to fly multiple days of COPE INDIA 23, which provided my aircrew the invaluable opportunity to train in advanced combat tactics with the Indian Air Force in a way that no other U.S. bomber ever has before.”

He went on to note that the integrations provide a clear message that our partnership and teamwork towards common goals has grown exponentially.

“Opportunities such as COPE INDIA increase our mutual understanding enabling an open dialogue and exchange of ideas that will be fruitful moving forward," added Lt. Col. Jared Tomlin, deputy commander of the 28th Operation Group, who led the 34th Bomb Squadron on the ground in India.

The increasing combat capability and improving warfighter compatibility between the U.S. and Indian Air Forces further showcases the U.S. and India’s efforts and commitment to the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region.

“We appreciate the opportunity afforded to us and look forward to future training events with the IAF in order to strengthen our political and military cooperation,” said Hobbs.

The 28th Bomb Wing and its ‘Raiders’ at Ellsworth Air Force Base, are on the cutting-edge of long-range strike, standing ready to provide combat power to the nation anytime-anywhere.


Like Us
Follow Us



PACAF RQ-4 Global Hawks Arrive at Yokota Air Base
An RQ-4 Global Hawk, assigned to the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 319th Operation Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, sits on the flightline at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 2, 2023. U.S. Pacific Air Forces began positioning RQ-4 Global Hawks at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on May 15 to provide theater-wide enduring operations in support of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S, Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
May 25, 2023 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Pacific Air Forces began positioning RQ-4 Global Hawks at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on May 15 to provide theater-wide enduring operations in support of...

U.S. Partnership with U.K., Australia Enhances Security
U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22, establish defensive positions as MV-22 Ospreys approach for landing during an airfield seizure event as part of exercise Koolendong 22 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Curtin, WA, Australia, July 18, 2022. Exercise Koolendong 22 is a combined and joint force exercise focused on expeditionary advanced base operations conducted by U.S. Marines, U.S. Soldiers, U.S. Airmen, and Australian Defence Force personnel. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cedar Barnes)
May 25, 2023 - WASHINGTON -- In September 2021, the U.S., Australia and the U.K. announced a new partnership, AUKUS, meant to strengthen alliances and security, especially in the Indo-Pacific. In March, plans for moving forward on the first...

Enduring PACE Exercise Bolsters Communications Readiness throughout South Korea
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman James Angeley, left, 607th Air Communications Squadron, radio maintenance technician, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Carlos Perez Ortiz, right, 607 ACOMS, radio frequency transmission system technician sets up a ground multiband terminal during exercise Enduring PACE, May 18, 2023, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Exercise Enduring PACE put communication equipment to the test and involved communications Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan AB, the 51st Fighter Wing, the 607th Air Operations Center at Osan AB and other communications units dispersed throughout South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth W. Norman)
May 25, 2023 - OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea -- In modern warfare, the ability to communicate rapidly and effectively can be the difference between victory and defeat. To effectively maintain Fight Tonight readiness and provide the best...

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command kicks off Large Scale Global Exercise 23
May 25, 2023 - CAMP SMITH, Hawaii -- U.S. Indo-Pacific Command will conduct Large Scale Global Exercise 23 (LSGE 23) beginning May 24 through Aug. 19, 2023. LSGE23 is a Department of Defense exercise executed by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command...

U.S. Coast Guard Post-Typhoon Mawar Update 1
Station Apra Harbor 45-foot Response Boats weather the residual storm as U.S. Coast Guard crews in Guam begin assessments and reconstitution efforts on May 25, 2023, after Typhoon Mawar devastated the island. Crews are working to resume operations and reopen the ports. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Lt. j.g. Drew Lovullo)
May 25, 2023 - SANTA RITA, Guam -- Following the devastating impact of Typhoon Mawar, U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia Sector Guam, MAT/WAT Guam, and USCGC Sequoia (WLB 215) crews are actively assessing the situation and coordinating...