The US Central Command released photos of B-52 bombers assigned to 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron that arrived in CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR).
According to the description, the Boeing Stratofortresses “can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations to support stability in the region.
U.S. B-52H aircraft assigned to 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron arrived in CENTCOM AOR May 8. The Bomber Task Force is deployed here to defend American forces and interests in the region. For more photos go to https://t.co/WgUn4fN5kB pic.twitter.com/LgY9p2ODaK
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) May 8, 2019
Earlier the Pentagon released a video showing four nuclear-capable B-52 bombers taking off for the Middle East.
The Stratofortresses departed Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana Tuesday en route to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Fox News report says.
VIDEO: The Pentagon releasing new footage of B-52 nuclear-capable bombers as the takeoff for the Middle East. They’re heading to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar as part of Trump Administration’s response to a “credible threat” from Iran. #iran #nucleardeal #bombers #trump #qatar #b52 pic.twitter.com/ymSh0wjE74
— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) May 8, 2019
On Sunday National Security Adviser John Bolton announced the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region, intended to send a message to Tehran.
Iran dubbed the announcement an act of “psychological warfare.”