Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

China, Russia Stage Drills to Counter S.Korea-US Exercise

A view of the newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15's test was successfully launched is seen in this undated North Korea launched the Hwasong-15 last Wednesday a missile it dubbed the"greatest ICBM
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 05:35

November 10 this year, the Secretary of State and Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Heather Wilson said that at the present time the US Air Force also operates 120 F-35A fighter bombers.

South Korean government officials, including President Moon Jae-in, have said the North's latest ICBM is their most capable yet, although it has several critical points to prove, such as re-entry technology and terminal stage guidance. Around 12,000 USA service members, including from the Marines and Navy, will join South Korean troops.

China may have recently conducted air force drills to send a message to the United States and South Korea, while flying near the peninsula to collect military intelligence. In addition, ten fighters F-35B will take part in joint exercises with the USA air bases in Japan.

China and Russian Federation had proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs.

The U.S. and South Korea began a five-day drill, called Vigilant Ace, on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and recent ballistic missile tests.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, participate in an elephant walk during Exercise VIGILANT ACE 18 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Dec. 3, 2017.

South Korea and the US have been holding the annual Vigilant ACE air force practice, which is to run through Friday. The exercises will involve all variety of aircraft, from reconnaissance planes to fighter jets, in joint operation with surface-to-air missiles.

South Korean newspaper Seoul Shinmun reported Tuesday from Yokosuka naval base the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan was north of the Philippines, on a patrol mission.

A South Korean defense ministry official was unable to immediately verify the Yonhap report about the U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers taking part in the drills on Wednesday.