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US bombers deployed to Arctic skies from Norway base

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  1. Kai-Petri

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    US bombers deployed to Arctic skies

    The US has deployed long range bombers to Norway for the first time. Four B1 bombers will be operating out of Orland Air Base over the next few weeks.

    It's being seen as a message to Moscow that the US is ready to defend its allies in the strategically contested Arctic region, which is rich in oil and gas. Under international law the North Pole and the ocean surrounding it are not owned by any country.

    BBC Defence Correspondent Jonathan Beale reports from on board a US refuelling plane.
     
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    And they're Back.

    A pair of U.S. Air Force B-2s integrated with Norwegian F-35s over the North Sea on Sept. 8, as part of a recent Bomber Task Force deployment.

    The mission was “designed to test escort procedures, stand-off weapon employment, and the suppression and destruction of air defenses,” U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa said in a press release. During the flight, the two different aircraft were able to link and use fifth-generation data sharing capabilities.
    The B-2s, from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., are currently based out of Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, where three Lancers from the 509th Bomb Wing first arrived on Aug. 23. Three more B-2s from the 131st Bomb Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard, also out of Whiteman, later flew to Iceland as well.

    This marks the second time in the last year and a half that B-2s from Whiteman have integrated with F-35As from the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Back in June 2020,
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