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ADEX 2017: USAF to demonstrate stealth platforms

ADEX 2017
International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition
17 - 22 October 2017
Seoul - South Korea
ADEX 2017: USAF to demonstrate stealth platforms
The U.S. forces plan to send its F-22 and F-35A stealth fighter jets to a South Korean air show set to be held next month, local media outlets reported Tuesday citing Seoul's defense ministry. The Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition, called ADEX, for 2017 is slated to be held from Oct. 17 to Oct. 22 at the Seoul Air Base in Seongnam city, south of the capital.
USAF stealth package on show at ADEX 2017F-35 Lightning II, assigned to the 6th Weapons Squadron, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and F-22 Raptors fighter jets, assigned to the 433rd Weapons Squadron, at Nellis AFB, Nevada, fly in formation over the Nevada Test and Training Range July 10, 2017
(Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Daryn Murphy)
State-of-the-art combat planes will participate in the biennial air show, including F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightening II fighter jets.

The U.S. fighter jets are expected to make a demonstration flight during the show, according to local media reports.

In addition to the fighter jets, the U.S. military will send other aviation assets, including Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) aircraft, A-10 Thunderbolt attack plane, V-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing plane and the Bell 429 helicopter.

South Korea's air force will display F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets, its homegrown T-50 supersonic advanced training plane, KT-1 training jet as well as P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, its indigenous KUH-1 Surion chopper and the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.

The biennial Seoul air show, first held in 2009, would bring together about 400 defense companies from over 30 countries.

"In particular, brisk activities are expected during the expo this time in connection with efforts to export T-50 supersonic training jets to the US, Botswana, Argentina and Croatia," South Korea's defense ministry said on Sept. 19.

South Korea is bidding for the Advanced Pilot Training program of the US Air Force, also known as T-X, to replace its aging fleet of 350 T-38 trainer jets, a deal reportedly worth US$16 billion.