The bombers and fighters executed a joint targeting mission controlled by Norwegian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs). The cooperation between air and land forces to execute a joint mission is a key Allied capability that requires constant practise to optimise communications and procedures. The mission also focused on integration and interoperability between the F-35s, the most advanced fighter platform flown by several NATO nations, and the supersonic B-1B strategic bomber.
Combining fifth-generation assets with long-range strike capabilities strengthens our collective deterrence
"Bomber Task Force missions optimise integration between NATO Allies while enhancing our response to threats throughout the Arctic," said General Jeff Harrigian, Commander Allied Air Command. "Combining fifth-generation assets with long-range strike capabilities strengthens our collective deterrence."
As a force multiplier, the F-35 aircraft offers unparalleled command and control for powerful battlespace awareness. Combined with the reach of the B-1B and ability to employ mixed force packages, the 5th Generation aircraft offers a spectrum of options for Alliance commanders.