Stratcom says ‘Global Lightning’ bomber exercise ‘unrelated’ to massive Russian nuclear drill

Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon

The U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of waging nuclear war, will hold large-scale bomber exercises this week — days after Russia held what Moscow called “massive” war games simulating a U.S. and NATO nuclear attack.

10 B-52 bomber will take part in the exercise.

10 B-52 bombers will take part in the exercise.

Ten U.S. B-52 bombers and up to six B-2 strategic bombers will take part in the war games called “Global Lightning 14” from Monday through May 16, the command said in a statement late Sunday. …

Global Lightning, planned for more than a year, will began days after Russian President Vladimir Putin last week oversaw what Russian defense officials called a “massive” nuclear war drill that simulated U.S. and NATO nuclear attacks. Stratcom said in its statement, in an apparent reference to the Russian war games, that “the timing of the exercise is unrelated to real-world events.” …

The Russian war games included the test launch of a SS-25 Topol intercontinental missile and two SS-N-23 submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Additional missile firings included six Russian air-launched nuclear-capable cruise missiles. It could not be learned if Global Lightning will include U.S. missile launches. A Stratcom spokeswoman declined to provide further details of the exercise.


Please follow and like us:

You must be logged in to post a comment Login