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Norway conducts multidomain training with B-52s

Norwegian land, sea and air forces have carried out a new, comprehensive joint training mission with American B-52 bombers.

US B-52 bombers continue their training with European allies. This Wednesday, the B-52s conducted a joint training mission with Norwegian sea, land and air forces. The mission took place over Norway and along the Norwegian coast.

In addition to the B-52s, Norway participated with the frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl, land forces from the Artillery Battalion, and several F-16s and F-35s.

The joint training is a test for Norway's ability to conduct joint military mission with forces from its navy, army and air force.

“Joint training across countries, branches and systems is very important for achieving effective military operations”, says Colonel Øivind Gunnerud, Commander for the Norwegian 132 Air Wing.

During the exercise this week, a Norwegian Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) also took part. The JTAC is the mission's eyes on the ground. The controller finds and locates targets, communicates the information directly to the aircraft, and directs the aircraft's fire. This interaction is vital for a securing a safe and precise use of weapons against a target on the ground.

The American B-52s arrived in Europe on 22 August and are temporarily stationed at the British air base in Fairford, England.

The training mission on 2 September is one of several similar training missions that the American bombers carry out with their allied colleagues in Europe. In late August, the US aircraft carried out a comprehensive training programme together with forces from all of NATO's 30 member countries.

Published 03 September 2020 12:40..