American B-52 strategic bombers over Bardufoss
American B-52 strategic bombers have participated in several joint trainings with Norwegian forces during exercise Cold Response 2022. Today, as part of a training mission, they passed over Bardufoss together with the Norwegian F-35s.
Last week and this week, Norwegian forces on the ground, at sea and in the air have participated in advanced training scenarios together with the strategic bombers. Special forces on the ground have helped to extract precise target data for the Norwegian and American aircraft.
Since 10 February, the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft belonging to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron have been stationed at Fairford, England. As part of the deployment to England, the aircraft have participated in several training missions with allies during the large winter exercise Cold Response.
The purpose of the winter exercise is to train reinforcements of allies / partners under challenging climatic conditions, and increase the preparedness and capacity of the participating forces. Our ability and will, supported by NATO, is the mainstay of Norway's defense. Therefore, such trainingmissions as the Bomber Task Force are important for developing a common understanding and common procedures.