News Briefs – October 2, 2019

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South Korea shows its U.S. made F-35 stealth jets for 1st time

South Korea has disclosed some of the newly purchased F-35 stealth fighter jets for the first time during its Armed Forces Day ceremony.
The Oct. 1 display of the high-tech U.S.-made aircraft will likely anger North Korea, which has called the jets’ introduction in South Korea a grave provocation.
President Moon Jae-in reviewed military planes including a F-35, missiles and artillery systems displayed on the ground at the start of the ceremony at an air base in southeastern South Korea.
Moon and other top officials later watched three F-35s flying in a close formation.
Under its biggest-ever weapons purchase, South Korea is buying 40 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin.

Moon says the South Korean people would be:

“very proud”

of their military being armed with new, powerful weapons. AP

South Korea F-35