The Norwegian led BTF Mission Viking Belt took place with Allied assets from the US, UK, Germany, Norway, and Turkey alongside the NATO AWACs
After completing the training scenarios, the B-52s travelled to Germany near the Grafenwöhr range to conduct Air-Land strike training with German Joint Terminal Air Controllers (JTAC). The Allied aircraft worked out fighter-bomber escort procedures and communications along the way.
Upon completion, one B-52 returned to base and the other flew to Ostrava, Czech Republic, to land in support of NATO Days, September 15-19.
Training with different operators and platforms is essential for both aircrew and JTACs to maintain their currency, which enhances Air-Land cooperation. Given the inherent speed, flexibility, and range of strategic bombers, BTF missions highlight Allied capabilities and commitment to a cohesive Alliance wherever needed.