India and the United States are participating in a joint military exercise amid rising tensions with China in the Indo-Pacific region.

B-1 bombers and F-15E fighters in an aerial exercise

The US Air Force sends two B1 strategic bombers and a fleet of F-15E fighters to India to participate in “Exercise Cope India 2023”. This event marks the first time that B1 heavy bombers have joined the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a joint exercise.

The exercise began on April 10 and will last until April 21. Includes US C-130 and C-17 transport planes at Kalaikunda.

General Kenneth S. Wilsbach, commander of the US Pacific Air Forces, highlighted the importance of this exercise to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries.

The US sends B-1 bombers and F-15 fighters to India.
The United States Air Force B-1B Lancer

China in the crosshairs

The growing Chinese military presence in the Indo-Pacific region is a matter of concern for India and the US. Wilsbach said both countries and other allies seek to protect a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Although the exercise should not be interpreted as a direct message to China, its conduct takes into account the evolution of the Chinese military forces and the regional security scenario.

The US seeks to replace Russia as India’s main defense supplier.

The US sends B-1 bombers and F-15 fighters to India.
F-15EX

India has traditionally been a large buyer of Russian military equipment. However, in recent years, it has diversified its defense imports into the United States.

The shipment of F-15EX, F-35 fighter jets, and B-1B bombers to India can be seen as an attempt by the US to show the potential of its military systems and persuade India to choose its equipment over its own. Russians.

The possibility of India acquiring B-1 bombers

The Indian Air Force has considered the acquisition of strategic bombers in the past. The USAF retired 17 B-1 bombers from its fleet, leaving 45 in service until the B-21 arrives.

India could rent or buy a squadron of B-1B bombers and cruise missiles for around $1 billion. This squadron would significantly increase India’s attack power and serve as a deterrent to Chinese aggressiveness.

Summary

India and the United States are conducting a joint air exercise involving B-1 bombers and F-15E fighters as China continues to increase its military presence in the region.

The United States is seeking to replace Russia as India’s main defense supplier, touting its advanced military systems. India’s acquisition of B-1 bombers could strengthen its strike power and deter Chinese aggressiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.