South Korea is considering holding a PR event to mark the introduction of F-35A stealth fighters into the country as part of next month's Armed Forces Day ceremonies, officials said Saturday.
South Korea has so far brought in eight F-35As, beginning with two in late March, under a plan to deploy a total of 40 fifth-generation jets through 2021. But the military has dealt with the introduction in a low-key manner, sparking speculation the government is concerned about objections from North Korea.
"Of diverse options regarding the issue, we are reviewing the F-35As' participation in the ceremony slated for Oct. 1," a government official said.
As the day also marks the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Air Force and the radar-evading warplanes are its key strategic weapon, showing them off to the public on the day would carry significance, he added. (end of excerpt)
Click here for the full story, on the Korea Herald website.