WASHINGTON DC, The United States – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the statement Sunday during a meeting with the Editorial Committee of Washington Examiner magazine.
Jens Stoltenberg said that more advanced fighter-bombers could undermine Russia’s ability to use A2 / AD systems to prevent its opponent from occupying or crossing an area to endanger NATO territory, according to the Washington Examiner.
Noting that there is no “imminent threat” of Russian invasion, the Secretary-General said that NATO’s fifth-generation “fighter-bomber” is capable of dealing with A2 / AD, so A2 / AD is not a kind of blockade of 100%, it just requires more efforts and more advanced systems.
According to the magazine, the former Norwegian Prime Minister referred to the air superiority of the F-22s and the F-35 fighter-bomber platforms, suggesting that the stealth capabilities make them difficult to detect and destroy, which is a great problem for Russian military planners.
The former Norwegian prime minister said, “the [NATO] fifth-generation fighter jets are extremely capable to be able to deal with A2/AD. So it’s not like A2/AD is a kind of 100 percent blockage, it just requires more effort and more advanced systems. And we are investing in those.”
Stoltenberg reiterated the statements made by US Commander General Philip Breedlove, who stressed that it is essential to invest in such capabilities that allow us to enter an A2 / AD environment and be able to strengthen ourselves.
Meanwhile, military analyst Dave Majumdar has assumed in The National Interest magazine that Breedlove was referring to the F-22 Raptor and F-35 stealth fighters who are better at dealing with advanced Russian anti-aircraft systems such as the S- 300 and the S-400.
At that time, Turkey is willing to become the first NATO country to purchase Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems despite the US counter proposal to buy its Patriot systems.
Washington repeatedly voiced its concern over Ankara’s decision to carry out this deal and threatened to block the supply of US-made F-35 fighters.