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WASHINGTON, (BM) – US Air Force B-1B strategic bomber Lancer could create a “serious problem” for the Russian fleet, The Drive reported.
During May flights with allies over the Black Sea, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers tested the use of AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile anti-ship missiles to destroy potential enemy targets.
Such exercises, according to the author of the article, demonstrated the capabilities of an aircraft that could “pose a particularly serious problem for the Russian fleet,” and sending the B-1B to the Black Sea region is an “obvious signal” for Russia.
On May 29, American strategic B-1B bombers flew over Ukraine for the first time. This was announced by the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy. He noted that the activity of the US air and naval forces and their allies near the Russian borders has increased.
Two pairs of Ukrainian Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters escorted US B-1B Lancer strategic bombers from the Polish border. B-1B Lancer took off from the American airbase Ellsworth, flew across the Atlantic and the territory of European countries. Strategic bombers were escorted over the Black Sea by fighters from the air defense duty forces of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation.
After Russian planes approached B-1B at a safe distance, the US Air Force aircraft changed the direction of flight from the state border of the Russian Federation.
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