November 05, 2012 11:38
Korean fighter jets will take part in a multinational military exercise in Alaska next year, moving to the site as they get refueled by aerial tankers.
It would be the first time that Korean fighter jets would travel to a foreign military base being refueled in mid-air.
Aerial refueling boosts the range and armaments of an aircraft, thereby expanding its strategic capability.
"F-15Ks and other Korean fighter jets will be refueled by air as they travel to a U.S. military base in Alaska to take part in a U.S.-led multinational exercise early next year," said a military source here on Sunday.
The planes will fly seven to eight hours to the military base in Alaska, being refueled several times en route by U.S. KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft.
Korean F-15K fighter jets participated in the Red Flag drill at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in January this year, but that was straight out of the Boeing factory before they were delivered to Korea.
The Korean military has no refueling aircraft and relies on U.S. tankers.
Korean Air Force jets took part in their first aerial refueling exercises in Korean airspace in September last year.
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