American B-1B Bombers in Live-Fire Drill Over Korea

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    July 10, 2017 09:31

    Two B-1B Lancer strategic bombers from the U.S. conducted live-fire drills with precision-guided munitions over the Korean Peninsula on Saturday.

    The drill came in response to North Korea's latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and was conducted amid maximum publicity.

    A South Korean Air Force spokesman said, "It was a strong show of force against the North's repeated firing of ballistic missiles."

    B-1B Lancer bombers drop a precision guided bomb during a South Korea-U.S. joint drill on Saturday. /Newsis

    Two South Korean F-15Ks and two U.S. F-16s also practiced precision strikes on North Korean mobile missile launchers and major facilities by releasing bombs at a range in Gangwon Province.

    Each B-1B released a GBU-56 Laser JDAM that is capable of striking mobile targets like missile launchers as well as stationary targets from 20 km away with pinpoint accuracy.

    After the live-fire drill, the B-1Bs flew westwards close to the demilitarized zone and left.

    The B-1B is the fastest U.S. bomber and can carry the most bombs and missiles.

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