An international military exercise, organized by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and considered the largest in South America, began Monday at the country's two northeastern air bases, with the participation of air forces from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. Argentina dropped out at last moment.
The FAB said in a statement that the two air bases at Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte and at Recife in the state of Pernambuco -- are hosting 86 airplanes and nine helicopters, and more than 2,000 Brazilian and foreign military personnel who were taking part in the drill called Cruzex 2013.
Cruzex also develops cooperation and good relationship between the participant Air Forces considering training experience sharing in a coalition environment, said the FAB in the statement.
The exercise, held at the command of the FAB's Brigadier Mario Jordao in charge of the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Norte, Ceara, Paraiba and Pernambuco, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, will last till Nov. 15, aiming to provide advanced training for military personnel in a modern-war environment. The first military drill of the kind was conducted in 2002.
Among the participating aircraft are a US Air Force C-4 Galaxy, F16 fighters; Super Tucanos from Ecuador; Pucara and Dragonfly from Uruguay and two 130J Hercules aircraft from Canada among others.