February 25, 2024

North Korea says it flew 150 warplanes in response to US-ROK naval drills

DPRK says exercise took place Saturday, in what experts call rare flight activity that sought to test allies’ response

North Korea on Monday revealed that over 150 warplanes conducted airstrike drills last week, including in a previously unreported flight on Saturday.

The ROK military reportedly knew about the Oct. 8 flights in North Korea involving 150 airplanes and scrambled F-35As to respond. But unlike when the North conducted a similar drill on Thursday, South Korea did not disclose these moves to the public because the DPRK kept the planes north of a “special reconnaissance line.”