August 22, 2019 09:35
Two more F-35A stealth fighter jets were delivered from the U.S. to an air base in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province on Wednesday. The stealth fighter deliveries have incensed North Korea and are therefore being kept quiet.
Earlier, two F-35A stealth fighters arrived on March 29 and July 15 each, so the Air Force now has a fleet of six.
Two more stealth fighter jets are on their way to Korea and another five are expected in November and December.
They will be deployed warfare-ready within this year, but for fear of irking the North, no date has been set for the kind of handover ceremony the military is usually fond of.
The North has denounced South Korea's procurement of the F-35As as a violation of a military pact the two Koreas signed in September 2018 and could serve as an excuse for Pyongyang to test-launch more missiles.
The F-35A can avoid radar detection and fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 with a combat radius of 1,093 km.
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