February 22, 2023 11:13
The Air Force on Tuesday released images of an F-35A stealth fighter jet being refueled in mid-air as a warning to North Korea what awaits if it continues its provocations.
The North Korea fired short-range missiles from a 600-mm multiple rocket launcher the previous day and warned that just four shots could "reduce to ashes the enemy's operational airfield."
The F-35A is capable of evading radar to strike behind enemy positions and is a key asset in preemptive strikes against North Korean missile attacks.
It was refueled mid-air by a KC-330 Cygnus multi-role tanker which can refuel up to some 20 fighters in the air at a time and also can carry up to 300 troops. The Air Force has four of them.
Aerial refueling drills have been conducted regularly since the F-35A was deployed warfare-ready in December 2019, but this was the first time that images have been released.
The F-35A can fly at Mach 1.6 speed and has a combat radius of more than 1,000 km. After aerial refueling, it can stay in the air for another hour.
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