On Monday, two American B-1B Lancer bombers landed in Norrbotten Wing in Luleå to train with the Swedish Army and the Air Force. This is the first time US bombers lands in Sweden, according to the Swedish Armed Forces.
"This is a historic event. Strong partners are important in these uncertain times and while awaiting NATO membership," says Deputy Commander of the Swedish Air Force, Brigade General Tommy Petersson, in a press release.
On Monday this week, two American B-1B Lancer bombers from the Bomber Task Force (BFT) landed on Norrbotten Wing, F 21, for an exercise with the Swedish Army and Air Force.
This is the first time American bombers lands in Sweden in modern times, writes the Swedish Armed Forces in the press release.
The Swedish Air Force has practiced regularly with the Bomber Task Force, but now takes the next step through the placement of the B1-B Lancer on Swedish territory, says Brigade General Petersson.
We are doing this in Norrbotten, from Luleå, in a strategically important area for Sweden.
The planes that landed on Monday were escorted by three Jas 39 Gripen, writes SVT. The newspaper reports, referring to the Air Force Commander, that the purpose of the exercise is to train for the defense of Sweden, on and above Swedish territory.
"We are doing this in Norrbotten, from Luleå, in a strategically important area for Sweden. We are doing it from Air Wing F 21, which is experienced in receiving and supporting other nations," says Petersson to SVT.
The press release does not say how long the exercise will last.
Norrbotten Wing, F 21, is Sweden's northernmost air wing. Its main base is in Luleå, with side bases in Jokkmokk and Vidse.
This article was originally published in Norwegian and has been translated by Birgitte Annie Molid Martinussen.