These are the F-22s That Just Flew Over Korea

Four U.S. Air Force F-22 “Raptor” fighter aircraft from Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted a flyover in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, on Feb. 17, 2016, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. (Photo by Benjamin Sutton/U.S. Air Force)Four U.S. Air Force F-22 “Raptor” fighter aircraft from Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted a flyover in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, on Feb. 17, 2016, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. (Photo by Benjamin Sutton/U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. Defense Department has released photos and video of the four F-22 stealth fighters that flew over South Korea on Wednesday in response to the North’s recent rocket test.

The fifth-generation fighter aircraft known as the Raptor made by Lockheed Martin Corp. flew in formation in the vicinity of Osan Air Base near Seoul with four of the service’s F-16 Fighting Falcons, also made by Lockheed, and four of the South Korean air force’s F-15K Slam Eagles made by Boeing Co., according to the Pentagon.

The F-22s flew from Kadena Air Base and were deployed in response to the North’s recent “provocative action,” the Pentagon said, referring to the Feb. 7 launch of a satellite.

The U.S. military last month sent a B-52 bomber capable of dropping nuclear warheads to the country after the North conducted its fourth nuclear test. Washington and Seoul have also announced plans to begin talks of possibly deploying an American missile-defense system, known as the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, also made by Lockheed, in South Korea.

Below are some of the photos released by the Pentagon of the F-22 show of force.

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Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly over the skies of South Korea on Feb. 17, 2016, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The Raptors were joined by South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. (Photo by Dillian Bamman/U.S. Air Force)

Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly over the skies of South Korea on Feb. 17, 2016, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The Raptors were joined by South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. (Photo by Dillian Bamman/U.S. Air Force)

United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, Republica of Korea Air Force Operations Command commander, speak to international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2016, after a flyover from four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. (Photo by Benjamin Sutton/U.S. Air Force)

United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy and Lt. Gen. Wang-keon Lee, Republica of Korea Air Force Operations Command commander, speak to international media at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2016, after a flyover from four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. (Photo by Benjamin Sutton/U.S. Air Force)

And here’s a video of the aircraft flying in formation.

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