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S. Korea, U.S., Britain to conduct 1st joint air operations drill in Nov.

All Headlines 10:47 September 29, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Air Force said Thursday it will conduct its first joint military drill with its counterparts from Britain and the United States in November amid growing threats from North Korea.

The three countries plan to participate in a combined aerial exercise, the first of its kind, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, from Nov. 4-10, the Air Force said in a statement.

"The 'Invincible Shield' drill is aimed at improving the allies' capabilities of attacking North Korea's major military and leadership facilities (if provoked) but also intercepting incoming fighters from the North," an Air Force spokesman said.

Britain plans to send four Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets, Voyager tanker aircraft and C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to the exercise, with F-15K and KF-16 fighters from South Korea and F-16 fighters from the U.S. taking part in the operations, the statement said.

"Through the exercise, the three countries will be able to bolster the interoperability of their military arsenals and joint operational capabilities in the event of conflict breaking out on the Korean Peninsula," the spokesman said.

North Korea conducted a nuclear test in January and another one in September, along with a series of ballistic missile launches, threatening security and stability on the peninsula and the region as a whole.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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