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The excercise wasn't fair and it was only made for the congress to spend more money on the F/A-22 (which didn't happen and the units got reduced rather than increased).
Originally posted by Taishyou
Well, I'm not particularly pro-US so I didn't bring up that Cope India thing to say "oh look those Americans are so great they can't possibly lose to Indians," no. What I think is that people shouldn't take a little exercise so seriously, in real warfare with the USAF operating in its full potential, the InAF won't have such an easy time. What this exercise is mainly about is US pilots going to India, getting to know Indian pilots, see how their air force works, learn a bit about their culture, eat their spicy food , do some (or a LOT) of formation flying with MiGs and Sukhois, and then the fighting exercise was like "why don't we have a friendly match before we leave." Nobody's going to get killed in this exercise, so nobody's morale is going to drop. It's all fun and games. In real air combat, pilots may fear death, they may panic, etc and mess up standard routines and get confused with aircraft controls. And in a full scale war the air force command would be a total mess with transmissions going everywhere, AWACS directions delayed, ground control instructions delayed, unindentified aircraft closing in, SAM suddenly popping out of nowhere, there will be total confusion and chaos. Who will win in a fight like this, USAF or InAF? Well I don't think we'll ever know unless such a fight happens, but the truth is, Cope India doesn't tell you anything. It wasn't serious. Two football teams come together, toss balls around, do some workout, get to know each other, then play a practice game, then one wins, then we can conclude the team that won is superior and it will win a real match?
[edit on 31-3-2005 by Taishyou]