U.S. Strategic Bombers Escorted by Arab Jet Fighters Send Powerful Message To Iran

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In a powerful message of regional military coordination and resolve against the Iranian terror regime, two massive U.S. Air Force B-52H strategic bombers carried out a 36-hour round-trip mission from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to the Persian Gulf on December 9 and 10. More significantly, they were escorted for a time by jet fighters from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.

In the case of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Royal Air Force (SRAF)F-15 fighter jets did the escorting.

According to the Saudi Ministry of Defense, reported by Saudi24News, the Saudi fighter escort occurred on the 10th of December, as the nuclear-capable American B-52 Stratofortress bombers crossed Saudi airspace. The same source stated that these aircraft could launch a large payload of multiple weapons and hit their targets accurately “deep in enemy territory.”

The Saudi Defense Ministry source also noted that the Kingdom is working with its international partners on a permanent basis to improve the coordination, adding that the SRAF is working with its allied counterparts to achieve “integration between communications, planning and technical systems.”

CBS News reported that while the bombers, which flew across the Atlantic and Europe, through the Arabian Peninsula, and down the Persian Gulf, got near Iran, they continued “making a wide loop near Qatar and staying a safe distance from Iran’s coastline before returning home.”

The aerial tracks of the B-52s were noted by several online sources. We can see them here in this tweet.

According to Popular Mechanics, as the bombers then continued west into the Mediterranean, they were briefly picked up by two RAF Typhoon jet fighters who escorted them as they passed the island of Cyprus.

Once over foreign airspace, U.S. bombers deployed to Europe and Asia are generally escorted by allied jet fighters such as the Japanese, South Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, and, in this case, British.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Steve Barrette
7 months ago

Harris will be inviting them in

Barbara
Barbara
7 months ago

WELL PATRIOTS WE CAN SEE TRUMP IN ACTION AND ALL TO GOOD MOVES. THIS IS GREAT FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE.

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[…] Earlier I wrote about the pair of B-52 Strategic bombers that flew round trip from the U.S. to the Iranian coast and back, escorted, part way by Saudi and other allied Arab jet fighters. Before that, the USS Nimitz strike group went into the North Arabian Sea, on the other side of the Strait of Hormuz. […]

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[…] Earlier I wrote about the pair of B-52 Strategic bombers that flew round trip from the U.S. to the Iranian coast and back, escorted, part way by Saudi and other allied Arab jet fighters. Before that, the USS Nimitz strike group went into the North Arabian Sea, on the other side of the Strait of Hormuz. […]


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