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Vice defense minister to join ceremony for S. Korea's first F-35A stealth jet

All Headlines 14:22 March 26, 2018

SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government will send a top defense official to this week's ceremony for the rollout of the first F-35A stealth fighter aircraft for the country's Air Force, the Ministry of National Defense announced Monday.

Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk plans to lead South Korea's official delegation to the event to be held at Lockheed Martin's assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday (local time).

During his two-day visit there from Tuesday, Suh will also meet with American officials including Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, and Vice Adm. Mat Winter, program executive officer for the F-35, according to the ministry.

This file photo shows an F-35 stealth fighter aircraft. (Yonhap)

They plan to "exchange various opinions on maintaining close cooperation between the two countries for the stable deployment of the F-35 and strengthening security ties," it said.

In 2014, South Korea signed an agreement to purchase 40 F-35As. The aircraft will be deployed in South Korea starting in 2019 after pilot training.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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