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F-22, F-35 stealth fighter jets in S. Korea for joint training

All Headlines 11:30 December 03, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- A dozen U.S. F-22 and F-35 stealth fighter jets have arrived in South Korea for a regular joint exercise with South Korean forces, a defense ministry source said Sunday.

The allies plan to kick off the five-day Vigilant ACE practice Monday, which would demonstrate their combined air power against North Korea.

It comes days after the North fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and elevated tensions in the region.

The exercise will involve more than 230 warplanes from both sides, including those stationed abroad.

A F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet in a file photo (Yonhap)

They include six F-22 Raptors and six F-35As. It's quite unusual for the U.S. to deploy such advanced jets in the country.

Also to be mobilized are six EA-18G Growler electronic warfare jets and dozens of F-15C and F-16 fighter jets.

Some Marine F-35Bs, stationed in Japan, are also expected to take part in the training exercise to be joined by South Korea's F-15K, KF-16 and F-5 fighters, as well as other planes.

The two sides will focus on simulated precision airstrikes on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets and transporter erector launchers that move missiles.

The Vigilant Ace drill is the allies' biannual training event.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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