B-2 conducts bombing drill over Korean Peninsula
The bombing drill comes at a time when North Korea has escalated its threats against U.S bases in Guam and Hawaii.
Two B-2 Spirit Bombers were sent by the U.S. Strategic Command for "a long-duration, round-trip training mission" from Missouri's Whiteman Air Force Base to South Korea, Yonhap News reports.
The bombing demonstration was meant to display the U.S.'s defense of South Korea and to provide "extended deterrence to its allies in the Asia-Pacific region."
The drill, part of the ongoing Foal Eagle training exercises meant to test the combat readiness of U.S. allies, involved dropping munitions on the Jik Islet bombing range, which is 274 kilometers south of Seoul, and retiring to base in a continuous flight ranging more than 6,500 miles.
"The United States is steadfast in its alliance commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea, to deterring aggression, and to ensuring peace and stability in the region," the CFC said, according to Yonhap News. "The B-2 bomber is an important element of America's enduring and robust extended deterrence capability in the Asia-Pacific region."
TheB-2 bomber, built by Northrop Grumman, consists of a crew of two and is capable of dropping Joint Direct Attack Ammunition GPS-guided bombs.
"As the B-2 has radar-evading stealth function, it can penetrate the anti-aircraft defense to drop conventional and nuclear weapons," a senior military official said, Yonhap News reports. "It is the strategic weapon most feared by North Korea."