North Korea has conducted an unprecedented series of live-fire drills using warplanes. This includes what Pyongyang describes as one of its largest air combat exercises.
In a statement on 10 October, the North Korean state-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that air drills were conducted on 6 and 8 October. “The KPAF [Korean People’s Air Force] on 8 October, carried out a large-scale combined air-attack drill during which more than 150 fighter planes of different missions took off simultaneously for the first time in history,” KCNA said.
This was preceded two days earlier on 6 October, by a flight of 12 KPAF warplanes north of the “inter-Korean air boundary”, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). These warplanes potentially conducted a live-firing exercise, according to South Korean media.
- News Agencies