US Forces Participate in Military Maneuvers in South Korea

Large-scale joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises are taking place on the Korean Peninsula

Large-scale joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises are taking place on the Korean Peninsula

On Tuesday, the US and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launched the annual bilateral command post exercise, on the heels of joint South Korea-US air force exercise Vigilant Ace that kicked off on Monday. "This exercise is comparable in size to previous Vigilant ACE exercises..."

The U.S. Pacific Air Forces would not confirm the report, citing "operational security reasons". China's Air Force war gaming in the region involves surface-to-air missile forces, fighter jets and early warning aircraft.

The drills involve 12,000 USA servicemembers along with South Korean airmen and more than 230 warplanes, including for the first time the Raptors, six F-35A Lightning IIs and 12 F-35Bs.

Those areas overlap with Japanese and South Korean airspace.

"In the event we need to help defend our 51 million Korean allies, I need to be sure the 51st Fighter Wing is synchronized with the combined-joint force", Col. William D. Betts, 51st FW commander, said in a release.

An F-22 Raptor participating in the massive USA and South Korean air force drills taking place from December 4 through 8 experienced a technical malfunction after landing and had to be towed off its runway to the hangar, Stars and Stripes reported Monday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos/Released) A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter aircraft, assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron, flies over Osan Air Base during Exercise VIGILANT ACE 18 on December 3. Seoul and Washington have been conducting a massive air combat drill known as Vigilant Ace.

According to the US Department of Defense, six F-22 Raptor aircraft arrived at South Korean bases this weekend to participate in training, the largest in recent years. Like the F-16, it is also an air superiority fighter jet meant to take out enemy aircraft and achieve air dominance. The jet is an electronic warfare aircraft used to jam enemy radar and otherwise degrade or deceive enemy efforts to sense USA aircraft.

According to the publication of The Military Balance, in 2017, the US Air Force has 159 F-22.

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