Allies to Hold Air Force Drill After Foal Eagle

Ben Cho, March 21, 2018, 8:12 a.m.

South Korea and the United States will stage an annual joint air combat exercise in Korea after the Foal Eagle field training in April, a defense official said Wednesday. The Max Thunder drill will be held for two weeks from May 11, involving more than 100 Air Force jets of the allies.

"It will take place this time, separate from the Foal Eagle," which is set to open on April 1, the official said. Seoul and Washington announced that this year's Foal Eagle will last for four weeks, a month shorter than last year's.

Last year, Max Thunder was conducted as part of Foal Eagle, a comprehensive, large-scale field exercise the allies stage together each year. The two sides postponed the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve computer-simulation practice until after the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics in a bid to ease tensions.

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