US B-1B aircraft conduct simulated bombing drills over Yellow Sea – defense official

Two US B-1B supersonic bombers flew over Korea as part of the Vigilant Ace drills with South Korea on Thursday, a defense official said. The aircraft conducted simulated bombing drills over the Yellow Sea.

The Guam-based Lancer bombers trained with more than 20 fighter jets as part of the Vigilant Ace joint exercise with South Korea, which began on December 4 and will continue until Friday. The aircraft entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) over the waters south of Jeju Island and conducted simulated bombing drills over the Yellow Sea near North Korea and China, according to the official, cited by Yonhap.

The exercise marks the second time this week that the US has dispatched the aircraft as part of Vigilant Ace. On Wednesday, a B-1B bomber was joined by F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters for what South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff referred to as simulated strikes at a military field.

A total of 12,000 US service members are taking part in the annual Vigilant Ace drills alongside South Korean troops. The exercise has been slammed by North Korea, which said the drills prove that US President Donald Trump is “begging” for nuclear war. read more