Monday, May 20, 2024

US Air Force F-22 fighters execute NATO Air Shielding mission

The U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fighters are participating in a NATO Air Shielding mission over the Alliance’s eastern flank amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The F-22s assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska currently deployed at the 32nd Tactical Air Base (AB) in Łask, to support Nato’s Air Shielding mission in Poland.

“The U.S. remains dedicated to our security commitments with our NATO Alliance and global partners and this enhanced posture is a clear expression of NATO’s commitment to readiness which promotes regional security and stability,” a USAF news release states.

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The NATO Shielding mission is a joint integrated mission to increase the air and missile defense posture along the Eastern flank of the Alliance in response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Adding the Air Force’s F-22s, the service’s most advanced fighter aircraft which can reach supersonic speeds and carry a variety of guided missiles and bombs, sends a serious sign to Russia that NATO is keeping a close eye on its borders.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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