Japan's Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said that Japanese F-15 fighter jets on Saturday conducted an air exercise with US B1-B bombers in the skies above the East China Sea.
This latest joint drill comes as South Korea prepares for the next possible test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary. A few days back Pyongyang fired its sixth and largest nuclear test that hugely impacted the global financial markets and further escalated tensions in the region.
The authorities said that the joint exercise involved two US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base on the US Pacific island territory of Guam. It was also joined by two Japanese F-15 jet fighters.
On Aug. 31, the Japanese F-15 fighter jets had conducted an air exercise with US B1-B bombers and F-35 stealth fighters in skies south of the Korean peninsula. The exercise took place just two days after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan.