India has included fighter jets of most western countries in its air fleet. Recently India bought 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. Although India has not yet bought a single American fighter jet. The Indian Air Force uses US Sikorsky helicopters, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The Indian Air Force makes extensive use of C-130 Hercules and C-17 transport aircraft. America’s famous company Lockheed Martin has developed a separate fighter jet named F-21 keeping India in mind.
‘Bone’ is the backbone of the US Air Force
After the F-35, America has now sent its B-1B Lancer bomber to Bengaluru on Tuesday. This bomber, also known as the Bone, is the largest aircraft carrying conventional weapons in the US Air Force. It is considered the backbone of the long range bomber force of the US Air Force. This bomber can carry all types of conventional weapons. These American bombers flew from Anderson Air Force Base Guam. Earlier in the year 2021 also, the American B1B Lassner bomber had flown over the Yelahanka airbase.
America said that the arrival of America’s super-destructive bomber in Aero India 2023 shows how important America’s strategic partnership with India is. The B1B bomber is a long-range supersonic bomber. It has reached India after several hours of continuous flight. America has given a big message from China to Russia by sending this bomber and F-35 fighter jet. The US has deployed these bombers in Guam to curb China’s growing assertiveness in the Indian Pacific region.
Why doesn’t India buy American planes?
America is also giving a message to Russia through this which is India’s biggest defense partner. It is believed that America wants to sell its fighter jets to India. American fighter F-18 can become the pride of Indian Navy and F-35 Air Force. Although nothing is clear about whether India will buy it or not. According to analysts, India has been avoiding this due to strict US rules and giving F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. Not only this, India does not even trust America. In fact, in the year 1962, during the war with China, India had asked for fighter jets and other weapons. America gave radar and transport aircraft but refused to give fighter jet. Not only this, he gave F-104 star fighter jets to Pakistan at the same time.