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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:32

US says in talks to deploy long-range bombers to Australia

US says in talks to deploy long-range bombers to Australia
The United States says it is negotiating with Australia to station long-range bombers in the country, amid rising tensions with China over the South China Sea.

Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a Spokesman for the US Air Force in the Pacific, said on Tuesday that talks are underway for possible deployments of B-1 bombers and an expansion of B-52 bomber missions, Reuters reported.

"These bomber rotations provide opportunities for our Airmen to advance and strengthen our regional alliances and provide (Pacific Air Forces) and US Pacific Command leaders with a credible global strike and deterrence capability to help maintain peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," said Pickart.

The United States has currently no deployments of B-1 bombers in Australia, but it occasionally flies B-52 missions from the country.

General Lori Robinson, Commander of US Pacific Air Forces, also said talks are under way to deploy American B-1 bombers and aerial tankers in northern Australia, within striking distance of the disputed South China Sea.

"We're in the process of talking about rotational forces, bombers and tankers out of Australia and it gives us the opportunity to train with Australia," she said on Wednesday.


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