(From the National Interest)
By Dave Majumdar
The United States Air Force has deployed four stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighters to South Korea. The move is part of an effort to deter North Korea—which recently tested what amounted to an intercontinental ballistic missile—while reassuring Seoul.
Four of the powerful stealth fighters—which are normally based with the 3rd Wing and 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska—performed a formation flight at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea on February 17. The Raptors flew alongside Korean-owned Boeing F-15K Slam Eagle multirole fighters and U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons as part of an air power demonstration.
“The F-22 Raptor is the most capable air superiority fighter in the world, and it represents one of many capabilities available for the defense of this great nation,” said Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who is the deputy commander of U.S. Forces Korea and also commander of the U.S. 7th Air Force during a press conference at the base. “The U.S. maintains an ironclad commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea,” he added. Read more