U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers will be deploying to the United Kingdom shortly as part of a ‘Bomber Task Force’ training mission to “familiarise themselves” with European airspace.
It should be noted that ‘Bomber Task Force’ missions regularly visit the UK, with the most recent being a B-2 stealth bomber. You can read more about the previous deployment by clicking here. Anyway, onto the current deployment…
The support aircraft for the bomber arrived today. Aviation news website ‘Airspeed Media’ posted on Facebook:
“With support aircraft arriving today at RAF Fairford, it will hopefully soon be time to welcome back the Minot AB based BUFFs to the UK.”
The US Air Force explains the purpose of Bomber Task Force missions as follows “by training in Europe, aircrew and Airmen are familiarizing themselves with the European theater and airspace, to enhance enduring skills and relationships with allies and partners”.
Understand that this deployment is part of a 'Bomber Task Force' mission. The US Air Force say "by training in Europe, aircrew and Airmen are familiarizing themselves with the European theater and airspace, to enhance enduring skills and relationships with allies and partners".
— George Allison (@geoallison) February 7, 2022
On their website, the U.S. Air Force describe the bomber as follows:
“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.
B-52s are equipped with advanced targeting pods. Targeting pods provide improved long-range target detection, identification and continuous stabilized surveillance for all missions, including close air support of ground forces. The advanced targeting and image processing technology significantly increases the combat effectiveness of the B-52 during day, night and less than ideal weather conditions when attacking ground targets with a variety of standoff weapons (e.g., laser-guided bombs, conventional bombs and GPS-guided weapons). The use of aerial refuelling gives the B-52 a range limited only by aircrew endurance. It has an unrefueled combat range in excess of 8,800 miles (14,080 kilometres).”
For more than 60 years, B-52s have been the backbone of the strategic bomber force for the United States.