US and Allies Conduct Massive Exercise | A NATO air force practiced missile strikes on Russian positions on a peninsula near the border with Russia on the Black Sea.
US and Allies Conduct Massive Exercise to Control Crimea’s Air Defenses
MilitaryEzyInfo.com | Another risky “game” over neutral waters is described in a review by the FederalCity news agency.
Multirole F-16 fighter jets from the 606th Squadron, 31st Aviation Regiment, U.S. Air Force, based in Aviano, Italy, took part in the exercise.
Romanian Air Force F-16 fighter jets and Royal Air Force tanker KC-135s took part in the exercise, practicing refueling their aircraft over the Black Sea.
Communications between the NATO allies were carried out by the 1st Military Liaison Squadron, which was redeployed to the region from Ramstein Air Base (Germany).
The main objective of the exercise was to simulate the defeat of Russian air defenses deployed in Sevastopol, near Feodosiya, and in northern Crimea. In the future scenario of retaking the peninsula, the issue of air defense control of the region was given special importance.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the military activities of the United States and its allies in the Black Sea region.
This year, NATO reconnaissance aircraft hovered near Russian territory more than 1,000 times, and in 2020, radio-technical units detected and escorted about 2 million anti-aircraft objects, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Last December, two U.S. radio-electronic reconnaissance aircraft, RC-135W Rivet Joint and RC-135U Combat Sent, flew missions near the Crimean coast, as well as the Royal Air Force’s Bombardier Global Express Sentinel R.1 and Lockheed EP-3E Orion, the U.S. Air Force CL-600, RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk, Boeing P-8A Poseidon, and Boeing RC-135V have been spotted near Russia’s Black Sea border.
The main purpose of the flights near the border is to detect and identify the air defense, electronic warfare, and coastal defense systems of the group located in Crimea. Not long ago, similar actions were carried out by NATO aircraft and ships during the simulation of a nuclear attack on Sevastopol by US Air Force B-52 strategic bombers.
It is common to believe that the increased reconnaissance activities of rivals are a prelude to large-scale military operations. Does this mean that NATO is preparing to go to war with Russia in the Black Sea? Does it intend to provoke future conflicts in the region without being directly involved? It certainly does.
On the other hand, it is no secret that NATO strategists have been actively working on the intention to provoke a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova for some time.
Russia’s General Staff is also preparing for such a development, and the heterogeneous grouping of armed forces in Crimea is constantly being replenished with new equipment and specialists, exercises are being conducted, and routine combat training is taking place.
As for the NATO air exercises in neutral waters, all likely enemy aircraft were within the range of Russian air defense systems.