Two F-35s debut at Aero India 2023, signal growing ties

BENGALURU: The US Air Force’s (USAF) newest fifth-generation fighters — the stealthy, supersonic, multirole F-35A Lightning II F-35A Joint Strike Fighter — made their debut at Aero India 2023 On MondayWith a quick flypast just before landing.
The F-35A has two aircraft Joint Strike Fighter Starting at Hill Air Force Base, Utah F-35A Lightning II starting at the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska Arriving in India Strategic importance is also given to the background of growing ties between countries. India The aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the US and its geopolitics Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Major General Julian C CheaterAssistant deputy under secretary of US Air Force, International Affairs”, said on Monday: “The F-35 represents the leading-edge of US fighter technology. Aero India is an ideal forum to showcase the most advanced, capable, lethal, and interoperable weapons systems the US has to offer. This system and others are designed to penetrate and defeat advanced adversary air defences.”
The TOI had reported in its February 13 editions that the US was likely surprise with the F-35. While Rear Admiral Michael L Baker, senior defence official & defence attaché to India, stated that the F-35 arriving at the airshow was done to show the strength of the relationship between them. India-US partnership and not because there’s a possibility of acquisition, the timing of the F-35 debut cannot be overlooked.
With India’s joint-development project for a fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) having been shelved, India The focus has been shifted to the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (Amca), a fifth generation twin-fin, twin-engine stealth aircraft being developed by Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).
In In 2019, the IAF said at the Aero India Its first preference, as far as fifth-generation fighter planes go, would be the native Amca. HoweverWith Amca There is still much to be done and a shifting threat perception, especially in northern sectors. Indian Armed forces, which includes the Indian Air Force The IAF is looking for rapid modernisation.
So far, India He has not yet requested the F-35 from the US. As Cheater It’s on! Sunday: “…There has been no ask or high-level discussion. From what I can tell, India is focussed on building its own future fighters…”
On MondayThe US Consulate General’s office said that after a journey from Hill Air Force Base In Utah, The F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team The F-35A’s unique aerial capabilities will amaze crowds. Lightning II will be static displayed.
“The F-35’s engine produces 43,000 pounds of thrust and consists of a three-stage fan, a six-stage compressor, an annular combustor, a single stage high-pressure turbine, and a 2-stage low-pressure turbine,” It was added.
In F-16, in addition to F-35 and F-35 are also available Fighting Falcon duo will conduct daily aerial demonstrations from, showcasing the capability of one of the USAF’s leading fighter jets while on static display will be the F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet, both multirole fighters.

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