In 1947, Pakistan’s army inherited the default position and strategy of British India in opposing Russian influence and inroads into Afghanistan and Central Asia. Now, for the first time in 200 years, they have reversed the old British policy of confronting the Russians for control over Central Asia. Pakistan’s army now sees the Russians as their strategic partners.
In initiating action against ISIS in Syria, the US operation sees combat use of the F-22 stealth fighter for the first time and Gulf states deploying their air assets for power projection in the region.
Russia’s revanchist behaviour on the Eastern flank of NATO and the US choice to double-down on its B61 Mod 12 Tactical Nuclear bomb both have important implications for Europe’s aging dual-capable aircraft fleets