U.S. Jets Stage Bombing Drills in Korea

  • By Yu Yong-weon, Kim Jin-myung

    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.

    B-1B strategic bombers and F-35B stealth fighters fly over the Korean Peninsula on Thursday.

    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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