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Cope Tiger enhances interoperability between three nations

A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan taxis on the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan taxis on the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A Royal Thai air force F-16 aircraft flies in a training mission during exercise Cope Tiger 17 over Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A Royal Thai air force F-16 aircraft flies in a training mission during exercise Cope Tiger 17 over Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A Republic of Singapore air force F-15 (front) sits across from a U.S. Air Force F-15 after completing a training mission during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A Republic of Singapore air force F-15 (front) sits across from a U.S. Air Force F-15 after completing a training mission during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gabriel Cisneros, assigned to the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Kadena Air Base, Japan, completes a checklist during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gabriel Cisneros, assigned to the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Kadena Air Base, Japan, completes a checklist during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A Royal Thai air force C-130H aircraft taxis down the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A Royal Thai air force C-130H aircraft taxis down the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

Republic of Singapore air force F-15s fly in formation during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

Republic of Singapore air force F-15s fly in formation during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 (front) taxis past a Republic of Singapore air force F-15 during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 (front) taxis past a Republic of Singapore air force F-15 during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)

KORAT, Thailand -- A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan taxis on the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan)