USAF to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe


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The US Air Force is reportedly set to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe in a bid to support and train with other Nato forces involved in Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The details about the number of planes, date or location of the deployment remain undisclosed.

However, Air Force secretary Deborah James said that the new development is in conjunction with defence secretary Ash Carter's call to take a strong and balanced approach to Russia, Reuters reported.

James was quoted by the news agency as saying: "Russia's military activity in the Ukraine continues to be of great concern to us and to our European allies.

"For the air force an F-22 deployment is certainly on the strong side of the coin."

According to Air Force Chief of Staff general Mark Welsh James, the latest deployment will enable US forces to test the capability of the aircraft to communicate and fight together with the Eurofighter and other advanced warplanes.

"Russia's military activity in the Ukraine continues to be of great concern to us and to our European allies."

Lockheed Martin's F-22 is single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft.

Meanwhile, the USAF has deployed eight A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and around 170 airmen to Ă„mari Air Base, Estonia, as part of the country's effort to support Operation Atlantic Resolve.

These aircraft will conduct training alongside Nato allies and partners to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate US commitment to the security and stability of Europe.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to the collective security of Nato and to enduring peace and stability in the region, in the wake of Russia's role in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.


Image: A Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor fighter aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Rob Shenk from Great Falls, VA, USA.