The US air force deployed in the UK long-range bombers B-52 and sent 800 pilots in the United Kingdom in support of joint exercises with allies and NATO partners, which will be held in Europe in June.
Helicopter gunship B-52 Stratofortress will participate in a series of joint exercises, which, primarily, will be held at the border of Russia - in particular, in the Baltic sea, the Arctic and along the Russian border.
While the exercises are part of a scheduled training rotation, the deployment comes at a time when the U.S. military may try to reassure its European allies on the background of the issues related to the proposal of the President of Donald trump about the global role of America and its foreign policy aspirations. "Exercises with allies and joint partners improves coordination between allies allows the U.S. air force to build the strong relationships needed to solve a wide range of global issues," - said in a press release from the BBC.
Despite the fact that trump has declared his trip to Europe last month "a great success for America," several Union leaders questioned the future of US leadership on the world stage after a meeting of NATO in Brussels this month, when the President failed to support the basic obligations in the field of security.
The United States bear the lion's share of the military burden worldwide, but Europe is becoming increasingly important. In West Africa, Europe has a much more active presence than the us military, and countries such as France, are fighting with terrorist groups.
B-52 is one of the oldest active aircraft of the U.S. air force first came into operation in 1950-ies in the midst of the cold war. Originally they were intended for use as a long-range Intercontinental high-altitude nuclear bombers that could strike deep into the Soviet Union.
The aircraft has been heavily modified since the end of the cold war and has been upgraded with precision missiles, electronics and high-tech sensors. According to the official newsletter of the air force, each plane can carry up to 70 thousand pounds of bombs, mines and missiles.
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