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US briefly deploys B-1B Lancers to Saudi Arabia

29 October 2019
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B-1B Lancers bombers briefly joined the growing US contingent at Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan Airbase (PSAB) as part of the build-up of US airpower in the kingdom.

Two B-1B bombers are escorted over the Gulf by an F-22 Raptor and two EA-18G Growlers on their way to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. (US Air Forces Central Command)Two B-1B bombers are escorted over the Gulf by an F-22 Raptor and two EA-18G Growlers on their way to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. (US Air Forces Central Command)

US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) released images showing the heavy bombers at PSAB on 24 October, three days after the arrival of F-22 Raptor fighters at the base was revealed.

The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 28 October that the bombers had returned to their base in South Dakota, saying the deployment "demonstrated the ability to rapidly deploy anywhere, anytime in the world, and provide lethal precision global strike options for combatant commanders".

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