: U.S. Army's fifth generation fighter planes arrive in Romania for the first time

14:31 Apr. 30, 2016

U.S. Army's fifth generation fighter planes arrive in Romania for the first time

An F-22 Raptor fighter jet performs an aerial display on the opening day of the 14th Dubai Air Show, in United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 8, 2015. (Getty Images)

Washington strives to supporting NATO's allies in view of increasing Russian aggression

Two U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts landed at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania earlier this week, Romania Insider reports. 

According to a statement by the U.S. Air Force, the fighters' landing was so far the largest F-22 deployment to Europe, and also the first time when fifth-generation fighters landed in Romania.

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"Today, I would like to highlight this deployment as a demonstration of our promise to support Romania and the rest of our NATO allies," Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray, the Third Air Force commander, said during a press conference, adding NATO considered Romania one of its strongest allies.

The F-22 fighters can project air dominance quickly, at great distances, to defeat any possible threat, according to Lt. Gen. Ray.

After the short stay in Romania, the fighters flew to Lithuania.

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