US F-22, F-35 aircraft marshalled to South Korea for massive war games
The US military is sending the most advanced aircraft in its arsenal, F-22 Raptors and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, to South Korea to take part in a massive show of force next month that will feature at least 230 warplanes, Sputnik reported.
The drill, Vigilance Ace, is to run from December 4-8 and will incorporate US military assets from the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, the US Air Force said November 24. At least six F-22s and three or four F-35s will take part in aerial drills, Yonhap reports.
The "realistic" combat exercise is tailored to "enhance interoperability between US and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations," the Seventh US Air Force, which operates out of South Korea, said in a Friday statement.
Working from eight US and South Korean military installations across South Korea, more than 12,000 US personnel will be involved in Vigilance Ace.