The New York Times reported the drills would include some of the military’s most sophisticated and powerful aircraft such as B1-B lancer bombers and stealth F-35 Lightning II fighters and F-22 Raptors. It is South Korea’s largest deployment of stealth-fighter warplanes ever.
The huge drills came less than a week after Pyongyang announced it had tested another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last Wednesday. It was the largest and most powerful launched by the rogue state.
The Hwasong-15 flew farther than any of its predecessors. In addition to seeming capable of reaching parts of the continental United States, it also appeared to have been designed to carry multiple warheads.
Agence France Presse said an unprecedented number of aircraft and tens of thousands of troops would be involved in the annual Vigilant Ace exercise drill.
Pyongyang vehemently criticized the U.S. and its southern neighbor for the drills, saying President Donald Trump’s administration was “begging for nuclear war.” North Korea’s state news outlets reported that the country would “seriously consider” measures against the drill, adding the U.S. would “pay dearly for their provocations.”
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