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South Korea, US to hold largest-ever joint air drill, as tensions with North mount

Published on Apr 10, 2014 11:58 AM
Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throwing smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang March 31, 2014. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on Feb 24 and runs until April 18. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's military said on Thursday it would hold its largest-ever joint air drill with the United States as tensions mount over a series of threats from North Korea.

The twice-yearly Max Thunder exercise - to be held from Friday to April 25 - will be the largest-ever involving 103 aircraft and 1,400 troops, the air force said.

Seoul's F-15K jet fighters will take part along with US Air Force F-15 and F-16s and US Marines' FA-18 and EA-18 aircraft, it said in a statement.

"The combined air forces will strengthen their battle readiness under the current situation when tension rises over the Korean Peninsula," it said.

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