Polar Roar - USAF Strategic Bomber Exercise

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    Strategic Bombers Participate in POLAR ROAR

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    OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- One B-52 Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La., two B-52s from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D., and two B-2 Spirits from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo., are conducting simultaneous, non-stop flights from the U.S. to the North and Baltic Seas, around the North Pole and over Alaska, and over the Pacific Ocean to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, respectively.

    During the mission, coined “POLAR ROAR,” the bomber crews are strengthening their interoperability with key allies and partners by conducting intercept training with NORAD-assigned Canadian and U.S. fighter aircraft and allies and partners in the European area of responsibility, as well as inert weapon drops at the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC).

    POLAR ROAR demonstrates the ability of the U.S. bomber force to provide a flexible and vigilant long-range global-strike capability, and provides unique and valuable opportunities to train and integrate with allies and partners. More information will be available closer to mission completion.

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    NATO’s Polar Roar: 5 US bombers ‘intercepted’ in large-scale exercise over Baltic Sea

    The bombers lifted off from different bases in Missouri, North Dakota and Louisiana, before meeting up over the Atlantic, and undertaking an uninterrupted flight over Europe, where they refueled mid-air, a key component of the exercise.

    Once there, they were treated like intruders by local NATO jets, as part of the alliance’s air policing training.

    “NATO’s Air Policing mission preserves and safeguards the integrity of Alliance airspace. Scrambles are launched within minutes in response to aircraft not following international flight regulations or approaching NATO member countries’ airspace,” explained a statement from NATO.

    “Allied and Partner jets scrambled to train intercept procedures at designated points in the exercise, and the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force aircraft ensured command and control during operations.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/354219-polar-roar-bombers-exercises/
     
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