Germany sends jets to Indo-Pacific — Analysis
Australia is the destination for these warplanes, which will take part in several military drills
German Air Force deploys a fleet in its first-ever Indo-Pacific mission. It will make a stop at Singapore and then continue to hold exercises with Australian counterparts.
Six Eurofighter aircraft, four A400M multirole planes and three A330 tanker transport crafts were deployed by the Luftwaffe from Neuburg Airbase on Monday. They hoped to complete the journey of 6,200 miles (10,000km), to Singapore in 24 hours, with just one stop in Abu Dhabi to change pilots.
“We want to demonstrate that we can be in Asia within a day,” said Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, the air service’s chief of staff, adding “The Indo-Pacific is of great importance to Germany. We share the same values with many partners in this region.”
After their stops in Asia, they will symbolically carry the flags from Australia, South Korea, South Korea, Australia and Germany. They will participate in Canberra’s biennial ‘Pitch Black’ exercise running from August 19 to September 9. According to the air force, fighters will participate in air-to air drills, ground attacks practice, and fly larger formations alongside allied aircraft during that period.
Soon after the conclusion of ‘Pitch Black,’ the German warplanes will take part in the ‘Kakadu’ exercise alongside the Royal Australian Navy between September 12 and 26, where they will train defending naval assets.
The fleet’s busy training schedule does not end there, however, as it will then drill with Singapore’s air force, as well as send detachments for visits to South Korea and Japan.
Gerhartz mentioned that Canberra drills would give a chance for Berlin to learn more about F-35, the fighter jet that was made in the USA. However, Defense News received a statement from the Luftwaffe stating that they have no plans to talk to Tokyo or Seoul regarding the F-35 and interoperability.
Like the United States, Germany and its Western Allies maintains vital interests in Indo-Pacific. However, Germany warns against the possibility of sea lanes being damaged in this region. “serious consequences”For its success. Although its military presence in China is not as strong as Washington’s, it regularly sends warships through the South China Sea. Berlin also mentioned potential security threats from nuclear power in the Indo-Pacific such as India, China and Pakistan.
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