The U.S. Air Force will send a number of B-1B Lancer bombers to South Korea on Wednesday to take part in a week-long joint military exercise following Pyongyang's latest missile test, according to Yonhap News Agency. An unspecified number of the long-range bombers will join more than 230 aircraft taking part in the two countries' largest-ever joint exercise, called "Vigilant Ace," a defense source told the South Korean news agency. The move comes shortly after North Korea launched its first missile test in two months.
The supersonic bombers have previously flown to the peninsula in pairs as a show of force after past missile launches by the isolated nation's military. The U.S. has also sent two dozen advanced F-22 stealth fighters and F-35 aircraft to take part in the exercise, which will focus on taking out mock North Korean missile launch vehicles and nuclear sites.
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