Bomber Task Force Europe: Supersonic B-1s join 5th generation ally over Arctic

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Two B-1B Lancers from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron joined Norwegian Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft over the Arctic region, today, as part of a Bomber Task Force Europe 22-1 integration and deterrence mission.

The bombers and fighters executed an Allied targeting mission controlled by Norwegian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers. The mission focused on 5th generation integration and interoperability between the coalitions’ most advanced fighter platform and the supersonic strategic bomber.

“BTF missions optimize our integration with allies and partners while enhancing our coalition response to threats throughout the Arctic,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander.“ Combining fifth-generation assets with long-range strike capabilities strengthens our collective deterrence initiatives.”

Leveraging fifth generation assets and combining them with long-range strike capabilities amplifies our allied and partnered deterrence initiatives.”

As a force multiplier, the F-35s offer unparalleled command and control for powerful battlespace awareness. Combined with the B-1s unmatched reach and ability to employ mixed force packages, the aircraft offers a spectrum of options to NATO and combatant commanders.

BTF missions offer unique opportunities for Arctic allies and partners to strengthen collective deterrence and security throughout the region.

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