Four US F-22 Raptor fighters have been sent to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. This is the first deployment of multi-purpose F-22 Raptor fighters in Europe.

- Raptor fighters have been deployed for training purposes to give us the opportunity to use the latest machinery for mining operations along with other aircrafts of the US Air Force and other NATO members, said Frank Gorenc, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe.