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In a display of growing defense cooperation between India and the United States, the Indian Navy’s Hawks 132 trainer aircraft from INAS 551 participated in joint exercises alongside the US Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber over the Bay of Bengal as part of Ex TigerTriumph-2024. A C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft from the USAF also joined the formation flight.

This exercise is not the first time the US has deployed a strategic bomber to participate in military drills with India. In 2019, a B-1 Lancer bomber was involved in similar exercises. The participation of these powerful bombers underscores the deepening strategic partnership between the two nations and their shared commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The joint exercise involving the B-52 bomber highlights the growing military cooperation between India and the US. The two countries have been increasingly collaborating on defense matters in recent years, and this exercise is a sign of their continued commitment to working together to ensure regional security.

This military cooperation is seen as beneficial for both nations. It allows them to share best practices and improve their interoperability. It also sends a strong message to other countries in the region about the US commitment to India’s security.

The participation of the B-52 bomber in Ex TigerTriumph-2024 is a significant development in India-US defense relations. It signifies the growing closeness between the two militaries and their shared commitment to regional stability.