A low-level flight was conducted by a US B-52 bomber close to Osan, South Korea.
Taking flight from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the low-level flight followed a nuclear test that was conducted by North Korea. Along with B-52, Republic of Korea’s F-15 fighter aircraft and US F-16 fighter aircraft also took flight, according to U.S. Pacific Command.
“This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander U.S. Pacific Command, said. “North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. U.S. joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security.”
As reported by USA Today, Denis McDonough, White House chief of Staff, said that the flight alliance was indicative of the “the deep and enduring alliance” the U.S. has with South Korea and other allies. Lt Gen Terrence O’Shaughnessy said the U.S. was committed to defending its ally South Korea. This, he added, would include “extended deterrence provided by our conventional forces and our nuclear umbrella.”
No response to the low-level flight of B-52 has been made by North Korea. The B-52 returned to Guam after it completed its flight over South Korea.
The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber, with a capability of flying as high as 50,000 feet. An important part of the bomber presence of the US Pacific Command in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, B-52s can have two electro-optical viewing sensors, a forward-looking infrared and advanced targeting pods to augment targeting, battle assessment, and safety during flight, according to af.mil. They have the potential to perform strategic attack, air interdiction, close-air support, maritime operations and offensive counter-air.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon, a multi-role fighter aircraft, is capable of detecting targets and low-flying aircrafts in radar ground clutter. The aircraft’s avionics systems include an enhanced global positioning and inertial navigation systems.