US B-1 strategic bombers have arrived in Norwayto conduct training tasks, as noted the first time American planes operated in the Scandinavian country. This was announced by the US Air Force, quoted by “Sputnik”.
U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyce Air Force Base, Texas, arrived today at Orlando Airport, Norway, for a long-planned training mission in which the aircraft will conduct flight training throughout Europe. This is the first time that American bombers have operated in Norway, “the US Air Force said in a statement.
Norway is considering the intelligence services of Russia and China as the biggest threat
In recent years, the scope of their activities has expanded
Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented that Moscow was considering Oslo’s intention to deploy US strategic bombers at its air base near Trondheim as another step towards increasing military activity in the region.
Gen. Jeff Harijan, who is the commander of the US Air Force in Europe and Africa, stressed that looks forward to demonstrating the ability of the United States to operate in this new location, adding that training missions help to increasing deterrence and defense capabilities.
In January, the US Strategic Command said training missions would range from operations in the far north to improving interoperability with allies and partners in the European theater.
The United States has for the first time deployed a strategic B1 in Norway, next to Russia’s naval bases
The geostrategic region plays a “critical role in defending the homeland and projecting global power”
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