Media: US To Send Six F-22 Raptor To South Korea To Participate In Exercises
The US plans to send six F-22 Raptor fighters to the Republic of Korea to participate in joint exercises next month. This was reported by TASS with reference to the agency Yonhap.
"Six F-22 fighters of the US Air Force will join the joint exercises of South Korea and the US Vigilant Ace on December 4-8," the agency quotes the statement of the South Korean military.
It is noted that they will have to fly from the US airbase in Okinawa. In addition, up to four F-35A fighter-bombers of the fifth generation are also likely to join the exercises, Yonhap adds. According to him, this is the first time that the US sends six Raptor to South Korea at once, which may indicate the intention to exert pressure on the DPRK by demonstrating the strength of the two allies.
The tension on the Korean peninsula is maintained because of the active development of the DPRK missile and nuclear programs, as well as military maneuvers of the United States and its allies in the region. In July, the DPRK twice tested ballistic missiles, on August 29 and September 15, carried out two more rocket launches that flew over the territory of Japan, and on September 3 announced the successful testing of the hydrogen charge. The UN Security Council sharply tightened the regime of international sanctions against the republic in this connection.
The F-22 Raptor multi-role fighter was created by Boeing and Lockheed Martin and was made operational by the US Air Force in 2005. During the construction of the aircraft the technologies made it unobtrusive for the enemy radar were used. The F-22 is intended both for gaining dominance in the air, and for striking ground targets with the use of guided aerial weapons.
According to the publication of The Military Balance, in 2017, the US Air Force has 159 F-22. November 10 this year, the Secretary of State and Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Heather Wilson said that at the present time the US Air Force also operates 120 F-35A fighter bombers.