Russia deploys S-300 to Baltiysk amid tension as U.S.A.F Deploys B-52 Bombers to Europe

Russia deploys S-300 to Baltiysk amid tension as U.S.A.F Deploys B-52 Bombers to Europe

The US Air Force recently deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for “theatre integration and flying training” exercises with regional allies and NATO partners — a move viewed as sending a strong message to Russia

In response to B-52 Deployment, the Russian army began moving components of its S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Gvardeysk to Baltiysk, westernmost town in Russia.

In a series of posts on Twitter on 22 March, military blogger Petri Mäkelä reported that Russian Defense Forces has deployed S-300 systems at the westernmost point of the enclave of Kaliningrad, near the border with Poland.

“Russia has deployed and dispersed S-300 SAM units from Gvardeysk to Baltiysk, presumably to cover better the Baltic Fleet assets,” said Petri Mäkelä

Deployment of S-300 air defense systems come against the backdrop of rising tensions with the United States.

on March 21, 2019, Russian Ministry of Defence released Footage of Russian fighter jet intercepting US B-52H bomber over Baltic

 

The US Air Force activated its B-52H bombers training flights and has repeatedly approached the Russian border in the Baltic region.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said: “This is a routine deployment, but it shows that the US nuclear umbrella protects Europe and demonstrates the unique capabilities the US could bring to Europe in a crisis. The B-52 deployment is yet another sign that the United States is strongly committed to NATO”.

A bomber task force of B-52 Stratofortresses, airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing based out of Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived at RAF Fairford late last week and has been participating in various training missions across Europe, according to the service.
On Monday, four B-52s “conducted flights to several places in Europe, including to the Norwegian Sea, the Baltic Sea/Estonia and the Mediterranean Sea/Greece,” the Air Force said.

 

 

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