Polish fighter jets escort American strategic bomber

Polish F-16 and MiG-29 fighter jets escorted an American B-1B bomber stationed in Europe within the framework of the Bomber Task Force mission, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Monday.

"A Polish F-16 and MiG-29 are once again escorting an American B-1B bomber within the framework of the Bomber Task Force mission," the defence minister wrote on Twitter. "It is proof that the USA treats its alliance obligation seriously in the event of a threat. The Polish Armed Forces are carrying out their tasks despite coronavirus."

The US Air Force regularly deploys bomber aircraft to Europe, the crews of which train with allies and partners. The B-1B is a strategic long-range bomber with variable wing geometry.

Two such aircraft from a base in Ellsworth, South Dakota, landed in Tallin, Estonia, on May 6 after a 25-hour flight with which Danish fighter jets cooperated along with Estonian air traffic control. The current Bomber Task Force mission is focused on the Baltic Sea region.

In October last year, Polish fighters escorted other American B-2 and B-52 strategic bombers taking part in the Global Thunder exercise organised by the American Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).