RAF Typhoon aircraft to visit Republic of Korea

30 September 2016

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Deepening Security Partnership sees state of the art RAF Fighter Aircraft join first ever Joint Air Exercise with the Republic of Korea

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the UK Royal Air Force, has announced that the first-ever UK-Republic of Korea Fighter Exercise would be hosted at Osan Air Force Base from 4 to 11 November - he said:

"On behalf of the UK and the RAF I am delighted to announce that our state of the art RAF Typhoon multi-role aircraft will be deploying to exercise alongside our Republic of Korea and US partners at Osan Air Force Base in November. We look forward to working with them and sharing our mutual expertise."

Four Typhoons from the RAF’s 2(AC) Squadron will be visiting the Republic of Korea with supporting Voyager Air-to-Air Refuelling and C-17 Globemaster strategic transport aircraft. The Korean Air Force will be participating with F-15K Slam Eagle and (K)F-16C/D Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft and the United States Air Force will also take part.

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This is the first time that the Republic of Korea will host a major air exercise with a foreign nation other than the United States. The Exercise will be aimed at enhancing interoperability between the Korean Air Force, the RAF and USAF whilst deepening the UK and Republic of Korea’s partnership in security and defence.

The Exercise has been named Invincible Shield. The UK and Republic of Korea share common values such as democracy and the rule of law and have an increasingly vibrant trading and cultural relationship. This exercise represents the deepening partnership in security and defence and presents an opportunity for both Air Forces to develop their tactics and mutual understanding.

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