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