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US B-2 bombers in Iceland

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — On August 27, the US Air Force announced that three B-2 “Spirit” stealth strategic bomber aircraft from 509th Bomb Wing had just arrived at Fairford Air Force Base in the UK for a temporary deployment. It is about “conducting exercises with the air forces of partner and allied countries and thus establishing the long-term and strategic relationships needed to deal with a wide range of global challenges”.

As a reminder, in 2014, two B-2 Spirit had been sent to England for a “long-planned” exercise, while President Obama had promised Poland to strengthen the US military posture after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Two other aircraft of the same type were also sent to Fairford in 2017, with three B-52 Stratofortresses and three B-1B Lancer, to participate in the Baltops and Saber Strike exercises, conducted on the eastern flank of NATO.

If the deployment of the B-2 Spirit in Europe is not new, however, sending such devices in Iceland was a first.

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