Amid U.S. Military Buildup In The Middle, East U.S. Deploys Tanks, B-1B Bombers & Additional F-15 Fighter Jets.
U.S. Air Force Additional F-15 fighters deployment to UAE
The U.S. Air Force has confirmed that F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets from the 494th Fighter Squadron arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The 494th FS “Panthers” deployed from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, according to a recent service news release.
The Strike Eagles deployed to the Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility in support of ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships, and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability. The jets join the diverse mix of aircraft at ADAB to include additional F-15E’s as well as F-35A Lightning IIs, KC-10 Extenders, E-3 Sentrys, and RQ-4 Global Hawks to support ongoing operations in the region.
U.S. Air Force deploys B-1B Bombers To Saudi Arabia
The U.S. Air Force has deployed an unspecified number of B-1B Bone bombers to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, which appears to be the first time the service has deployed these aircraft or any other heavy bombers to that country. This comes two weeks after the Pentagon announced plans to establish a full Air Expeditionary Wing at this base as part of a buildup in Saudi Arabia following unprecedented cruise missile and suicide drone attacks, linked to Iran, on two major oil-related sites in the Kingdom last month. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters and U.S. Army Patriot missile batteries have already arrived at Prince Sultan as part of this broader plan.
U.S. Air Forces Central Command Tweeted a brief video of one B-1B landing at Prince Sultan Air Base, or PSAB, on Oct. 25, 2019, but did not say how many of the bombers were headed to the Saudi base or for how long. The social media post also said that the bombers had flown directly from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, indicating that the aircraft are from that base’s 28th Bomb Wing. A separate video from Air Force Global Strike Command showed at least four B-1Bs leaving Ellsworth for the deployment.
LONG DISTANCE DELIVERY | B-1B Lancers land @ Prince Sultan AB Saudia Arabia after flying directly from Ellsworth AFB SD. The B-1B is a long-range strategic bomber able to strike any adversary at any location on the globe. This demonstrates PSAB’s ability to conduct combat ops. pic.twitter.com/7EbU7Rk02M
— US AFCENT (@USAFCENT) October 25, 2019
In addition to appearing to be the first time the Air Force has sent bombers to Saudi Arabia, this deployment also marks the return of the Bones to the region for the first time since March, when the service withdrew a separate contingent of the bombers from Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar.
U.S. deploys tanks & additional forces at Syria
According to the WSJ report, U.S. deploys tanks & additional forces in Syria. The deployment confirmation came less than 30 minutes after President Trump tweeted early Friday, “Our soldiers have left and are leaving Syria for other places, then…COMING HOME!” — Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed prior reports that the Pentagon will indeed leave behind a small military presence to include “mechanized forces” at “the oil fields”.
The plans is likely to include some 500 troops stationed at the major oil fields east of the Euphrates and sending dozens of battle tanks and other equipment to protect them. So perhaps merely some troops are actually coming home, while the tanks are moving in.