The United States conducts similar exercises regularly to assess its readiness and, if necessary, to fulfill its security responsibilities. The exercises help to increase the level of training of NATO Allies which is important for responding to potential crises around the world.
During the exercise the US B-52’s were escorted by United Kingdom Royal Air Force Typhoons from Ämari Airbase side by side with French Rafale and Romanian F-16’s who are conducting the NATO Air Policing role from Šiauliai, Lithuania. Allied fighter jets refuelled from a French A330 tanker.
The B-52H Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters). It can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations.