Several countries in Europe, including Germany, are now looking to increase defense spending in light of Russia’s aggression on its neighboring country. At the top of the shopping list are all of the above-mentioned systems, and especially America’s fifth-generation aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II.
Already serving the needs of some 13 of America’s international allies, many of which based in Europe, the war machine is likely to become an even more common sight in the skies over the Old Continent, with Germany alone planning to purchase some 35 of them.
So, instances such as the one we have here, with several of these planes flying formation over the otherwise peaceful European countryside are likely to multiply exponentially.
Somewhat ironically, this particular image, released not long ago by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), was snapped just two days before Russia invaded Ukraine, at a time when nobody could have foreseen how the world would change in just a matter of days.
The two planes are assigned to the 495th Fighter Squadron, the Valkyries we’ve seen featured in autoevolution’s Photo of the Day section a number of times before.
Back on the 22nd of February, the airplanes were returning to the Royal Air Force Lakenheath base in the United Kingdom, after "concluding a training exercise.”