Allied Air Command
March 9, 2022
Allied F-35s and Eurofighters from Italy and F-16s from Greece escorted two US B-52s throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea Region while integrating with Allied Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from Romania March 7, 2022.
The B-52s took off from RAF Fairford, and flew over central Europe to practice air-land integration drills with Romanian JTACs; this integration provided vital Allied Close Air Support training.
Before returning to base, the B-52s practiced bilateral operations with Italian and Greek fighters. The Allied aircraft worked out fighter-bomber escort procedures and communications. Integration between fifth generation fighters and legacy bombers ensure Allied interoperability that directly contributes to providing a robust deterrence and defence of the Alliance.