The US Perspective On Kuwait's Potential F-35 Acquisition
Category: Kuwait

Commander of the United States Air Forces Central Command Lieutenant General Alexus G. Grynkewich says Kuwait has a special place in his heart. Lt. Gen. Grynkewich addressed a press conference yesterday in honor of his visit to the country. He explained that the first U.S. forces were deployed in the Middle East in the 1990s in Kuwait after the Gulf War and in southern Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, when the no-fly zone was enforced. The relationship between Kuwait and the United States dates back 62 years, “which means it is older than my age”. The United States was one of the first countries to recognize Kuwait’s independence.

Kuwait is one of the USA's major allies outside of NATO, so it is vital to our work. We are committed to the security and stability of Kuwait, and we will continue to be committed to its security and stability for years to come.” Lt. Gen. Grynkewich revealed that he had previously visited Kuwait several times and that he met yesterday with the Commander of the Kuwaiti Air Force and the Commander of the Kuwaiti Air Defense, adding, “We discussed opportunities for cooperation between us and the security issues in the region. Sometimes, the two sides conduct joint exercises."

He stressed that the United States is focusing on the missile defense system and regional security, saying, "Our main concern is the relationship we have with Kuwait." According to Lt. Gen. Grynkewich, when asked about the security challenges facing the region, we are constantly communicating with Kuwaiti officials. My multiple visits are only one of the common points between us. There are Kuwaiti officers working on a daily basis at our base in Qatar.

Air bridge training has been conducted in the past months." Lieutenant Gen. Grynkewich stressed his country’s commitment to security in the region. Regarding Kuwait’s cooperation with other countries, Lt. Gen. Grynkewich said, “We have been working with our French and British partners over the years. Contact with them extends when Kuwait buys aircraft and equipment from our friends and partners in Europe. Even if this occurs on European aircraft like the Eurofighter, this diversity contributes to us working very closely together. We continue to cooperate and cooperate with our allies and Kuwait. According to him, the United States would seriously consider providing Kuwait with F-35 aircraft if Kuwait acquired them. However, many factors go into a decision like this, including how easy it is for a country to maintain the plane. We always support Kuwait, and I have no doubt that they are seriously considering this."


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18 Sep, 2023 222
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