The US deploys Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers in Sweden for the first time ever

By: Maksim Panasovskyi | 20.06.2023, 15:53
The US deploys Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers in Sweden for the first time ever

The US Air Force sent a quartet of supersonic B-1B Lancer strategic jets to Europe in late spring. The bombers recently landed in Sweden for the first time ever.

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Two of Rockwell's supersonic bombers landed in Sweden at Norrbotten Air Base on June 19, 2023. The B-1B Lancer will take part in the exercise together with Swedish Air Force aircraft.

The B-1B is part of the Bomber Task Force (BTF). This is a Global Strike Command strategic mission that aims to develop the US Air Force's ability to operate from unfamiliar terrain in conjunction with allies and partners.

The B-1B Lancer flew to the base accompanied by Swedish JAS 39 Gripen fighters and a U.S. Hercules cargo aircraft. Swedish Deputy Commander-in-Chief Brigadier General Tommy Petersson called the arrival of the bombers a "historic event.