February 17, 2016 09:33
The U.S. Forces Korea are sending four F-22 stealth fighter jets to their air base in Osan, Gyeonggi Province Wednesday, a military source said Tuesday.
The dispatch is part of a buildup of weaponry in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch.
It also includes a nuclear-powered submarine, the USS North Carolina, taking part in joint drills and the deployment of another Patriot missile battery.
The F-22 can fly at well over Mach 2.5 and its radius of operations is 2,177 km. It is armed with advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles and joint direct attack munitions.
The fighters are normally based in Okinawa and can reach the Korean Peninsula in just two hours.
The U.S. is also expected to send the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to participate in the joint exercises next month.
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