Six US bombers arrive in UK as Russia tensions build


The US Air Force has deployed a B-52 Bomber Task Force to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

Six bombers and 400 personnel have now arrived in what is the largest US bomber deployment to the UK since the Iraq war.

British Typhoon fighter jets met US Air Force B-52s in the skies above RAF Fairford, welcoming the Bomber Task Force back to the UK ahead of joint exercises.

Planned interoperability training between the NATO allies has taken place since 2018; the latest iteration coming as Ukraine wrestles with the prospect of a Russian invasion.

Air Vice-Marshal Phil Robinson, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group, said:

“The Bomber Task Force missions allow UK/US to challenge each other toward continuous growth and development as part of NATO and supporting the NATO Air Policing mission.

“The joint missions reinforce the commitment of both nations to NATO and collective defence, the most recent sortie providing a demonstration of the critical ability for a timely and co-ordinated response to defending the Euro-Atlantic area and, if required, the ability to reach forward locations.”

Flying since the 1950s, B-52s can hit 1,000km per hour and fly for 8,800 miles without refuelling.

They can hit subsonic speeds up to 50,000ft (15,166m), carrying nuclear or precision-guided conventional weapons, as well as gravity or cluster bombs.


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