The U.S. Air Force announced yesterday that six F-22 Raptors have arrived at the British Air Force Base and will be officially deployed in Poland today. This is the first time that the F-22 has been deployed to Europe since it began service in 2005. In response to the outbreak of the Ukraine-Russian War, The rapidly deteriorating security situation between NATO and Russia.
U.S. troops will be stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on Tuesday, as Russia has repeatedly warned of a “tougher” response if the U.S. continues military aid to Ukraine. ) of the 90th Fighter Squadron of the 3rd Flying Wing sent to Europe.
The six F-22 Raptor fighter jets belonging to the 90th Fighter Squadron arrived in the UK yesterday and will head to the air base in Łask in central Poland today. The squadron name will also be changed to the 90th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (90th Expeditionary Fighter Squardon), joined NATO’s NATO Air Shielding mission to strengthen protection against Russia.
Former European Command commander, retired Air Force General Tod Wolters said in an interview with the media that since the Crimea crisis, NATO has begun to accelerate the strengthening of the air defense capabilities of the Eastern European Union, and since the outbreak of the war , the U.S. military mobilized many fighters to Eastern Europe for reinforcements. About 120 fighters are currently on high alert every day, and their cruise missions are more than 50% higher than in previous years.
Although the F-22 is not the first time to go to Poland, but in previous years, when the most powerful fighter of the contemporary went to Europe, it was only two squadrons, and they were all from Langley (Langley AFB), East Virginia, or Departures from Tyndall AFB, Florida, and are all short-term training or exercise missions.
This time, the long-term garrison mission from Alaska, the closest to Russia, has obvious deterrence to Russia.