South Korea Air Force begins regular ‘Soaring Eagle exercise’

The South Korea Air Force has begun its regular large-scale exercise to bolster its combat capabilities and ensure the country’s defence posture.

The eight-day ‘Soaring Eagle exercise‘ began at an air base in Cheongju, 112 kilometre south of Seoul.

The main objective to undertake this exercise by South Korea Air Force is to become equipped with swift response capabilities against recently continuing enemy provocations and threats, and acquire the best operational capability by verifying strike capabilities against threat targets.

Further, the exercise mobilises more than 160 personnel and nearly 60 warplanes, including F-35A stealth fighters, F-15Ks, KF-16s and KC-330 tanker transport aircraft.

Launched in 2008, the Air Force has conducted the Soaring Eagle once or twice a year.