United States has sent four strategic bombers to Europe
WASHINGTON – The United States has deployed two pairs of B-1B Lancer strategic bomber to forwarding Base Fairford in the UK, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the US European Command statement.
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“B-1B Lancer bombers, support equipment, and personnel from Expeditionary Bomber Squadron 9 from Dyce Air Force Base, Texas, have arrived at Fairford Air Force Base in England for the long-planned mission of a task force of bombers,” the report said.
At the same time, it is noted that the European Command, together with the US Strategic Command, has regularly conducted such operations since 2018, using the strategic bombers B-1B Lancer, B-52H Stratofortress, and B-2 Spirit.
US Air Force Strategic Bomber Missions in Europe allow crews to train in deployments at unfamiliar airfields and interact with NATO allies and partners to increase combat readiness, the report said.
“By training and integrating with our allies and partners, we are expanding our ability to adapt to challenges and confront adversaries globally,” said General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of the US Air Force Europe and Africa.
At the same time, he stressed that strategic theater bombing missions in the area of responsibility of the US Air Force Command in Europe demonstrate the unique ability of the US Air Force to quickly deploy and integrate with NATO allies and partners while providing the necessary training for the joint force.
When approaching Great Britain, American bombers were accompanied by fighters from the British Royal Air Force.
F-35 tactical fighter squadron in Europe
As we reported on October 4 the Pentagon has begun deploying Europe’s first squadron of fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters. It will be based in the UK at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath in the east of the country.
To this end, the 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron, part of the 48th Fighter Regiment of the United States Air Force, was activated. In total, the unit is to receive 27 F-35 units and will be on combat duty for the first time from 1991 to the end of this year.
At the same time, the Pentagon plans to further increase the number of F-35s at air bases in Europe. In particular, the number of these aircraft in Lakekenhit alone should be 48 units.
It should also be noted that the deployment of American F-35s in Europe is delayed: due to problems with Lockheed Martin with the production of fighters, the deadline was postponed by almost a year.
At the same time this summer, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Todd Walters, said that the number of F-35s in the Air Force of the Allies in Europe by 2030 should be 450 units.
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