September 01, 2017 10:10
The U.S. sent two B-1B Lancer strategic bombers and four F-35B stealth fighters to South Korean skies on Thursday afternoon in response to North Korea's latest launch of a mid-range ballistic missile.
The aircraft practiced dropping a total of 18 bombs in Gangwon Province.
The B-1Bs from Guam and F-35Bs from Japan flew alongside a squadron of South Korean F-15K fighter jets and practiced firing precision air-to-ground missiles at key North Korean facilities at a firing range in Gangwon Province, an Air Force spokesman here said.
A U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft joined them.
The latest flyover will likely be followed by deployment of other U.S. strategic assets such as nuclear-powered submarines and a nuclear-power aircraft carrier.
Their deployment is meant to deter further North Korean provocations, including another nuclear test, for which preparations appear to be complete.
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