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.
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
you made my day! ;)
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.
You finally figured it out there at the end. (SK already has F-15SKs.)
I feel like you haven’t seen how awesome the f22 is in person.
Umm, the F-22 is a multi-role. It’s been tested on ISIS. Bombs away, just fine.
Little Kim claims his pilots can see all stealth planes with their eyes at all ranges.
Hey that 60yo soviet tech that NK has must be able to compete with the trillions we have spent since, right?