China ask Help Russia(Jul 17) 50 US and Japan jet such as F-22, F-35, F-15 & B-2 fly to Indo-Pacific
US and Japanese warplanes put on show of force as tensions spike with China and Russia
More than 50 US and Japanese warplanes flew over waters near Japan this week as the two allies put on a show of force amid rising tensions in the region with China and Russia.
A dozen of the US Air Force’s top-of-the-line F-22 stealth fighters, four F-35 stealth jets and 13 F-15 jets took part in the exercises, the Japanese Defense Ministry said in a news release Thursday.
The US fighter jets were joined by 20 Japanese F-15 and F-2 fighters, and three US reconnaissance and support aircraft.
The Japanese and US fighter jets flew in the skies over the Sea of Japan, Pacific Ocean and East China Sea in an effort to improve tactical skills and “joint response capability,” the Japanese Defense Ministry said.
The US Air Force did not immediately comment on this week’s exercises, but the service said in a news release last month it had dispatched 12 F-22s from the Hawaii Air National Guard to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.
The F-22s were in Japan to conduct “various missions to enhance operational readiness to defend Japan and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the US statement said.
Two B-2 stealth bombers deployed from their base in Missouri to the Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, where they will “conduct training missions and strategic deterrence missions with allies, partners and joint forces in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said in a statement Sunday.
“This deployment of the B-2 to Australia demonstrates and enhances the readiness and lethality of our long-range penetrating strike force,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Kousgaard, 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander in the PACAF statement.