What about Ukraine? Will these be enough to deter Russian aggression there? Will they stop a Russian invasion of the Baltics?
I submit that if Russia wants to expand beyond Ukraine these “shows of force” will be quickly overwhelmed. They will serve to create a warlike state with the US and Obama will do nothing about it. 2016 can’t come soon enough but will it be too late?
via IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
USAF deploys combat aircraft to Eastern Europe and the Baltics
Gareth Jennings, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
11 May 2015
The USAF has deployed 12 F-15C fighters to Bulgaria, as part of a wider TSP that also includes A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. Source: US Air Force
The US Air Force (USAF) has forward deployed fighter and ground attack aircraft to Eastern Europe and the Baltic region as part of wider efforts to bolster its forces in Europe under Operation ‘Atlantic Resolve’.
Twelve Boeing F-15C Eagle fighters have been deployed to Bulgaria just days after four Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft arrived in Estonia.
The 12 F-15C aircraft and 200 airmen from the 159th Fighter Squadron (FS), 125th Fighter Wing (FW), and Florida Air National Guard (ANG), arrived at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, near Plovdiv, on 11 May, having deployed to Ramstein Airbase in Germany in April. In Europe, the unit is designated the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS).
The detachment of four A-10 ground attack aircraft arrived at Amari Airbase in Estonia on 5 May. The four A-210s are part of a larger deployment of 12 aircraft and 300 personnel from the 355th Fighter Wing, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona, that have been assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. All the assets arrived in theatre by the end of February, taking on the unit designation of the 354th EFS.
The F-15Cs and A-10s are in Europe under the auspices of the USAF’s first theatre security package (TSP), whereby regionally-based assets are augmented on a rotational basis by additional combat aircraft and personnel. As well as participating in training with NATO and European allies, the TSP assets are designed to offer reassurance to countries that are feeling nervous about President Vladimir Putin’s intentions in the region.
This TSP is the first to be assigned to Europe, though they have been commonplace in the Asia-Pacific region since 2004. Rotations will generally last six months, depending on mission and US European Command requirements.