The US Air Force has deployed its F-16 fighters to Saudi Arabia to strengthen air defense, airstrike capabilities in the area.
A contingent of F-16C Fighting Falcons and support personnel from the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron arrived at Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA, in Oct. 2020.
According to the 378 AEW press release, the squadron, known by the nickname ‘Gamblers’, will play a key role in supporting the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission of sustaining and defending joint and partner forces by projecting combat airpower in support of theater plans and operations.
“The Gamblers are ready to patrol the skies, deliver precision airstrikes, and train alongside regional partners to maximize capabilities in regards to mutual security concerns,” Gambler’s commander said.
The agile F-16 joins the US F-15 Eagle and Strike Eagle combat aircraft already deployed at the base.
The presence of US troops at PSAB has grown significantly since the summer of 2019 when the US announced the deployment of forces in the area.
Supporting the Saudi-led coalition to invade impoverished Yemen since the start of the war in the country, the US government has been responsible for the crimes of the coalition in Yemen, providing the regime and its allies with arms and logistical support.