The U.S. began the largest deployment of F-22 to Romania across the Black sea at the time to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies who talk about the need to be ready to counter “Russian aggression”, writes Reuters.
Two F-22 fighter jet accompanied by a tanker aircraft took off from the base of Lakenheath in the UK for Romanian air force base named after Mikhail Kogalniceanu on the Black sea. We are talking about fighters, which is almost impossible to detect using radar and the export of which is prohibited by the U.S. Congress, emphasizes Reuters.
U.S. President Barack Obama in 2014 has promised to strengthen the defense of Eastern NATO members, who were shocked by the annexation of Crimea to Russia, reminds Agency.
In the USA declared about the possibility of placing in Europe of the F-22 in June of last year. This was announced at the 51st International aerospace salon in Le Bourget, the Minister of the U.S. air force Deborah Lee James. “In my opinion, the biggest threat is what happens in Russia. This is one of the key reasons why I’m here,” she said.
Multipurpose fighter of the fifth generation F-22 Raptor was developed by Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Dynamics to replace the F-15 Eagle. F-22 is the first and only standing on the armament of a fifth-generation fighter.
In late March, the Pentagon announced that plans to expand military presence in Eastern Europe in February 2017 and will be located in the region of an additional third armoured brigade. Then it was reported that the brigade will consist of 4,2 thousand soldiers and hundreds of pieces of heavy equipment, tanks, artillery installations and other facilities.
American defense Ministry also explained the need of this measure of “Russian aggression”. The Deputy head of the Pentagon Robert Wark told the WSJ that many countries in Eastern Europe Express concern over the actions of Russia, and also doubt the willingness of the U.S. to protect the region. The new measure, the Pentagon needs to dispel these fears, said Wark.