Wednesday, September 27, 2017

America and Its Allies Just Flew F-35s and Big B-1 Bombers Near North Korea

The United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan have conducted yet another combined airpower exercise over the Korean peninsula in response to North Korea’s latest provocations.

Coming three days after Pyongyang’s September 14 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) test that overflew the Japanese home islands, the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps as well the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force conducted what the U.S. Pacific Command calls a “sequenced bilateral show of force” on Sept. 17.

“The F- 35Bs, B-1B bombers and Koku Jieitai fighters conducted formation training as they flew together over waters near Kyushu, Japan.”


The U.S. Pacific Command is careful in its wording of how it describes the exercise.

The Japanese F-2 fighters—a derivative of the ubiquitous Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon—flew one of leg of the mission without the participation of the South Korean Slam Eagles. The American forces—who flew a single large mission—also conducted live fire drills with the ROKAF as part of their sortie, but without the presence of the Japanese. At no point did the South Koreans and Japanese themselves work together as part of an overall package of friendly aircraft.
America and Its Allies Just Flew F-35s and Big B-1 Bombers Near North Korea Rating: 4.5 Posted by: Minato Namikaze