On Tuesday morning, the U.S. retaliated against North Korea with two supersonic B-1 Lancer strategic bombers, showing force and solidarity with its ally South Korea.
The two jets flew over South Korea in the midst of extreme tension following the North’s fifth nuclear test last week.
According to Reuters, the two bombers performed a low-altitude flight over Osan Air Base in South Korea. Osan Air Base is 48 miles from the Demilitarized Zone next to North Korea and about 25 miles from the South’s capital, Seoul.
Weather conditions delayed the scheduled fly-over. The bombers were stationed in Guam.
These supersonic B-1 Lancer strategic bombers are capable of carrying the most massive payload including guided and unguided weapons of the U.S. Air Force. The two bombers were escorted by South Korean and U.S. fighter jets while they went through the low-speed flight over Osan.
“Today’s demonstration provides just one example of the full range of military capabilities in the deep resources of this strong alliance to provide and strengthen extended deterrence,” General Vincent Brooks stated, as previously quoted by Reuters.
Spectators constituted of Brooks, commander of the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. General Lee Sun-jin, the South’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also among the viewers.
B-1 Lancer strategic bombers are long-range, multi-role, heavy bombers, with the ability carry 75,000 pounds of payload. It flies with a speed of 900-plus mph (mach 1.2 at sea level), according to the U.S. Air Force. The site said that the bomber has nearly 50 world records for speed, payload, range, and time of climb.
On Monday, South Korea informed that the North was ready to perform an additional nuclear test anytime. The North has already launched its most powerful blast to date on Friday.
There was a conference among nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States. They met in Seoul on Tuesday to have a word on their response to the North’s nuclear test.