(LEAD) S. Korea to officially deploy F-35A stealth fighters this month

December 13, 2019

Yonhap News Agency:

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) — South Korea plans to hold a ceremony this month to mark the operational deployment of F-35A stealth fighters, officials said Tuesday.

South Korea has so far brought in 12 F-35As, beginning with two in late March, under a plan to deploy a total of 40 fifth-generation jets through 2021. By the end of this year, one more unit is to arrive here.

“We plan to hold a fielding ceremony within this month to be presided over by the Air Force chief of staff,” Lt. Col. Cho Se-young told a regular briefing, adding the military is “setting up details about the event.”