South Korea and the United States kicked off a major air force exercise here Monday against North Korea’s threats, with two dozen U.S. stealth jets mobilized.
The five-day Vigilant air combat exercise (ACE) comes less than a week after the North fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and declared the completion of its “nuclear force.”
The annual training has drawn keen media attention, although it was scheduled before the provocation.
It’s known as the largest-ever combined air force drill between the allies, involving more than 230 warplanes and around 12,000 personnel.
They include six F-22 Raptors and six F-35As, which have been deployed temporarily to Korea for the practice.
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