Source: News Bharati English17 Apr 2017 16:56:00
Europe, April 17: The US Air Force newest F-35s stealth fighters arrived in the Europe to deter Russian aggression. The joint strike fighters will spend several weeks in the region as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, a multibillion dollar program started under President Obama in 2014 to show support for US allies after Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine.
The F-35, with its stealth design and unparalleled information-sharing capabilities, represents a huge step up for US air power, as it can improve the performance of legacy planes it flies with.
"As we and our joint F-35 partners bring this aircraft into our inventories, it's important that we train together to integrate into a seamless team capable of defending the sovereignty of allied nations," said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander of US Air Forces in Europe.
The F-35s are just the latest of example of US Air Force jets sent to Europe in connection with the European Reassurance Initiative. Others have included F-22s, F-16s, F-15s and A-10s.
But earlier this year, Secretary of Defense James Mattis called the F-35 "critical" for US air superiority and praised it for its ability to integrate with allies who are buying the jet.
Many US allies have "bet their air superiority on the F-35 program. It bonds us tightly together with them," Mattis said.