Two B-52s will simulate a naval strike mission off the coast of Eastern Sweden as part of the NATO-led multinational exercise BALTOPS next month, reported Radio Sweden. “The main objective is to increase the different operative capabilities, but also to send clear security political signals that we do these things together,” Swedish military representative to NATO, Maj. Gen. Karl Engelbrektson said, in the May 20 report. “How Russia interprets that, they can decide for themselves,” he added. The B-52s will support a scenario defending the Swedish coastline from an amphibious invasion force near a small coastal town on the Baltic Sea, according to the press. Several B-52s flew a similar non-stop, long-range strike sortie from Barksdale AFB, La., to participate in Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan last week.
An Active-Duty Airman set himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy this afternoon, the Air Force confirmed to Air & Space Forces Magazine. The man, who was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, has not yet been publicly identified.