The US will send six F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to South Korea in a new show of force aimed at Pyongyang, amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.
“Six F-22 fighters from the US Air Force are scheduled to join the joint South Korea-US exercise Vigilant Ace from December 4-8,” South Korean military officials told Yonhap.
The fighters will fly to the Korean Peninsula from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan and stay at an air base in South Korea throughout the exercise, according to officials.
Up to four F-35A Lightning stealth fighters are also likely to join the deployment, they said.
This would mark the first time the US has deployed six Raptors to Korea at once.
Local media reported that the US aircraft will engage in precision strike drills with South Korean Air Force fighter jets.
The Vigilant Ace drill is held regularly by the US and South Korea to simulate wartime operations.
The move comes…