The U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers integrated with Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter jets over Sweden for the first time.
The integration training, conducted as part of a Bomber Task Force (BTF) Europe mission, was announced by U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA).
For the first time, B-1B Lancers integrate with Swedish Gripens to fly over Sweden! #BomberTaskForceEurope #svfv #flygvapnet #PartnerStrong @US_EUCOM | @AFGlobalStrike | @usembassysweden | @usairforce pic.twitter.com/3yP98ezxU4
— USAFE-AFAFRICA (@HQUSAFEAFAF) May 20, 2020
The USAF B-1B bombers are currently conducting multiple BTF missions across the European and Indo-Pacific areas of operation.
On May 11, the bombers conducted integration and interoperability training with Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighter jets overflying Bornholm Island, Denmark, and Polish Air Force F-16 jets and MiG-29 jets joining to overfly Warsaw, Poland, in addition to overflight of Latvia and Lithuania.
The bombers also recently conducted a mission in the South China Sea from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.