BERLIN — The U.S. Air Force flew three B-1 heavy bombers over the East Siberian Sea, north of Russia’s far east, as part of a series of recent maneuvers that the military said Friday are meant to demonstrate American capabilities and ability to support allies, but which a top Russian commander blasted as “hostile and provocative.”
The flight of the three Texas-based Air Force Reserve B-1 Lancer bombers on Thursday followed a similar mission a week ago in which three B-52 bombers temporarily based in Britain were flown over Ukrainian airspace, near Russia’s southwestern flank.
U.S. European Command said that after the flight from Texas to the East Siberian Sea, the Lancers landed at a nearby American air base in Alaska.
Stuttgart-based EUCOM said the flight and the deployment of the B-52s to England showcased how U.S.-based assets “can be employed to achieve an operational objective on USEUCOM’s eastern and western flanks.”
“The three Lancers … demonstrated how U.S. strategic bombers are able to support any mission, anywhere around the globe, at a moment’s notice,” EUCOM said.
EUCOM said the “strategic bomber missions clearly illustrated the U.S. Air Force’s ability to continually execute flying missions and sustain readiness in support of our Allies and partners.