U.S. F-22 Raptors perform “show of force” in South Korea against North

Feb 17 2016 - 8 Comments

Four Raptors have deployed to South Korea.

On Feb. 17, four U.S. Air Force F-22 “Raptor” fighter aircraft from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, deployed to Osan Air Base, in South Korea.

The multi-role stealth fighters were joined by four Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-15 Slam Eagles and U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons to perform a “show of force” flyover in the vicinity of the base, in response to recent provocative actions by North Korea: the crisis in the Peninsula deepened this month after Pyongyang, ignoring several international warnings fired a long-range rocket carrying satellite into the space in what world powers consider a prohibited missile test.

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, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea Feb. 17, 2016. The Raptors were joined by four F-15 Slam Eagles and U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance rapidly and at great distances and currently cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Song, Kyong Hwan/Released)

On Jan. 10, 2016 in response to the a previous North Korean nuclear test, a U.S. Air Force B-52 from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, performed a low-level flight over Osan Air Base, South Korea escorted by South Korean F-15K Slam Eagle and a U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The F-22 is designed to quickly project air dominance and at great distances (as proved by the 2015 deployment in Europe) and can perform a wide variety of missions: for instance, thanks to its advanced sensors they provide “kinetic situational awareness” to other assets in Syria.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


  • supahotfire

    Mig-19 bait?

    • Jan Schmidt

      you made my day! ;)

  • Lawrence D. Wood

    If those were a squadron of F15Es, the North Koreans might think otherwise. F22s have little or no ground attack capability. What will they do? Strafe Kim Jong-un’s bunker? If the U.S. wants to make an impression fly a B1 down Pyongyang’s main drag and blow the glass out of all the windows.
    In which case, the F22s would be useful as top cover.

    • sferrin

      You finally figured it out there at the end. (SK already has F-15SKs.)

    • Matt M

      I feel like you haven’t seen how awesome the f22 is in person.

    • PaulSevere

      Umm, the F-22 is a multi-role. It’s been tested on ISIS. Bombs away, just fine.

  • Tommyknowledge

    Little Kim claims his pilots can see all stealth planes with their eyes at all ranges.

    • Matt M

      Hey that 60yo soviet tech that NK has must be able to compete with the trillions we have spent since, right?