U.S. B-1B Lancers arrived in Norway on Monday to participate in a “long-planned coaching mission” and marked the primary time these bombers operated out of the European nation, an announcement from the U.S. Air Power mentioned.
“Coaching with allies like Norway permits us to hone our deterrence and protection capabilities whereas additionally enhancing regional stability,” Gen. Jeff Harrigian, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander mentioned, in keeping with the assertion.
The planes flew from Dyess Air Power Base in Texas and arrived at Ørland Air Station, which is within the central a part of the nation. The transfer has been seen by some army consultants as a transparent message to Moscow.
“This appears to be a concerted effort to again up our allies, and to start making use of stress to the Russians in a fashion they perceive,” Jerry Hendrix, army knowledgeable, advised Forbes earlier this month.
David Axe, the aerospace and protection reporter for the journal, wrote, “There’s a language to those operations. Bombers don’t simply bomb. They sign. That’s, they convey intent and, in that means, wield affect with out lobbing a single munition.”
Final month, President Biden known as Russia President Vladimir Putin to deal with a variety of matters on nationwide safety, together with the renewal of a nuclear arms treaty, bounties positioned on U.S. troopers in Afghanistan and interference within the 2020 election.
“President Biden made clear that the US will act firmly in protection of its nationwide pursuits in response to actions by Russia that hurt us or our allies,” the White Home mentioned in an announcement.
Fox Information’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report