Saudi Warplanes Escort US B-52 Strategic Bombers

Saudi Gazette Saudi Press Agency (SPA)14.12.2020 KSA
Saudi Warplanes Escort US B-52 Strategic Bombers

Saudi Warplanes Escort US B-52 Strategic Bombers

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The Saudi Royal Air Force warplanes escorted Thursday two US strategic bombers (B-52) while crossing the airspace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the B-52 has the ability to launch a large load of multiple weapons and hit the targets accurately and deeply, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its international partners constantly work to improve the harmonic action, as the Royal Saudi Air Forces work with their counterparts from allied countries to achieve integration between communications, planning and technical systems.

Meanwhile, the US Central Command, which is one of the eleven unified combatant commands of the US Department of Defense, said in a tweet on Friday. “On 10th December 2020, the Royal Saudi Air force escorted two US B-52 Bombers, while crossing the KSA’s airspace.”

On Thursday, the US Central Command tweeted, saying: “A pair of US Air Force B-52H “Stratofortresses” assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base operated in the CENTCOM area of responsibility with other US air force and regional partner aircraft in the second mission in as many months.”

Commenting on the development, General Frank McKenzie, the Commander of the US Central Command, said: “The ability to fly strategic bombers halfway across the world in a non-stop mission, and to rapidly integrate them with multiple regional partners demonstrates our close working relationships and our shared commitment to regional security and stability.”

Experts believe that the US move, which is the second in less than a month, was aimed at sending Iran a strong warning against any “misadventure.”

In another development, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, met Friday with Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed.

During the meeting, they discussed the relations between the two countries as well as a number of issues of common interest.



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