The United States and South Korea are in the midst of a major air exercise over the skies of the Korean Peninsula, in a show of force to Pyongyang.
North Korea has recently become increasingly aggressive with its most recent ICBM test and rhetoric.
The exercise, dubbed “Vigilant Ace,” will last five days, involve 230 warplanes, take place over eight US and South Korean military bases, and include approximately 12,000 personnel.
The drill will also involve two dozen stealth jets – a sign that the US and South Korea are forces to be reckoned with.
Here are some of the planes that are being used in the drill:
Six F-22 Raptors will take part in the drills.
As will six F-35As — an unusually large number for the Air Force’s newest and most advanced jet.
Twelve F-35Bs, the Marine Corps variant with vertical takeoff and landing, will also make an appearance — making a total of 24 stealth fighter jets.
Two B-1B supersonic bombers are joining the drills. The B-1 Lancer has been a go-to bomber to demonstrate the US Air Force’s capability.
Six EA-18G Growlers from the US Navy will demonstrate their electronic warfare capabilities, such as radar jamming and deception.
Dozens of F-15Cs, the undisputed king of the skies for nearly three decades, are in South Korea for the drills.
Dozens of F16s, the other workhorse of the US Air Force, will also make an appearance.
F-18 Hornets, the go-to fighter jet of the US Navy, add to the capability of the US.
Of course, the drills feature everyone’s favourite close air support jet, the A-10.
Even a U-2, the US’ oldest spy plane, will be used in the drills. With a service ceiling of up to 70,000 feet, it will be the highest flying aircraft in the sky this week.
The South Korean Air Force (ROKAF) will join the drills with a number of F-15K Slam Eagles.
The ROKAF will also deploy KF-16s, a Korean variant of the US F-16
The ROKAFs newest addition to its arsenal, the FA-50, will take to the skies
As will one of the ROKAFs oldest jets, the F-5,
The drills have already kicked off in South Korea. Here’s the US’ F-16 Fighting Falcon, on the right, and F-35A Lightning II.
A EA-18G Growler fighter jet prepares to land.
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