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The Air Force is Sending B-1B Bombers to Norway for a Not-So-Subtle Reason

The U.S. Air Force is sending four B-1B Lancer bombers to temporarily operate from Norway.

The B-1 bombers are the only non-nuclear heavy bombers in the Air Force’s inventory.

The deployment sends a strong message that the new U.S. presidential administration will push back against Russian aggression.

The U.S. Air Force is sending B-1B Lancer bombers to Norway for the first time in history. The deployment of the bombers is particularly bold, as Norway is one of Russia’s many neighbors. The move sends a strong signal that the U.S. is prepared to push back against aggressive Russian activities. Four B-1B bombers will soon fly from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas across the Atlantic Ocean to Orland Air Base in Norway, the home of the country’s fleet of F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets. Approximately 200 U.S. Air Force personnel will accompany the bombers.
The U.S. is likely sending the B-1B bombers to let Russia know President Joe Biden’s administration will take a tougher line against nefarious Russian activities than Donald Trump’s administration did. In recent months, Moscow has cracked down on anti-government demonstrations, is believed to have poisoned a well known pro-democracy activist, and possibly spearheaded the Solarwinds U.S. government hack. Russian bombers have also flown near Japan in a joint patrol with Chinese bombers. The B-1B Lancer was originally designed for the nuclear strike mission, flying low and fast to penetrate enemy air defenses. But the B-1B lost its nuclear mission as part of a treaty limiting nuclear arms, so today, the plane can carry conventional weapons, making it the only non-nuclear-armed bomber in Air Force service.

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