See This Stealth Fighter? Now Imagine India Flying Dozens of Them.

January 29, 2020 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: IndiaAir ForceNavyF-35F/A-18JetFighterAircraftMilitaryTechnology

See This Stealth Fighter? Now Imagine India Flying Dozens of Them.

China and Pakistan would freak out. 

Indeed, on March 4, 2018 the U.S. Pacific Command’s Adm. Harry Harris revealed that New Delhi was making inquiries about purchasing F-35s. Realistically, Indian buy-in to the F-35 would take years to arrange, and the stealth fighter continues to suffer from serious teething issues in U.S. service. Therefore, even if the F-35 is on the table, New Delhi will still likely pursue additional fourth-generation fighters to replenish its shrinking air force.

Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring. This first appeared in 2018. 

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