The U.S. Army is slated to deploy 24 AH-64D Apache heavy attack helicopters to the Korean Peninsula to better deter military threats from North Korea, United States Forces Korea (USFK) announced in a January 8 statement.
The heavy attack helicopters will replace 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior observation and light attack helicopters. Around 360 U.S. Army personnel are expected to replace a similar number of U.S. troops currently serving with the OH-58D unit.
“The 1-6th Heavy Attack Reconnaissance Squadron (H-ARS) will begin to arrive to Korea on this month, bringing with them 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters. As part of a scheduled rotation, the Apaches will replace the 30 OH58D’s currently stationed on the Korean Peninsula,” the statement reads.
Guam - Sailors from the USS Carl Vinson Strike Group were greeted today with welcome home signs and tears of joy. The sailors have been deployed since January 5, marking this port visit the first for the carrier in their Western Pacific Deployment.
The Zumwalt-class destroyer is a class of United States Navy guided missile destroyers designed as multi-mission stealth ships with a focus on land attack. Futuristic rail guns are also due to be attached to the stealth vessel – which use electromagnets to hurl slugs at speeds of up to 5300mph.
Feb. 7 (UPI) -- China voiced its opposition to a U.S. proposal to deploy the USS Zumwalt in the waters surrounding the Korean peninsula, a development that Beijing says it is "watching closely."
Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Tuesday "all countries concerned should work toward military cooperation for the sake of peace and stability, and tensions should not be created."
Lu added China is opposed to any measures that affect China's security interests, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
In January, Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, proposed deploying the United States' largest missile destroyer near Korea's southernmost Jeju Island.
The $4 billion USS Zumwalt is a multi-mission stealth ship with a displacement of about 15,000 tons.
10 Feb: President Trump told President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday evening that the United States would honor the “One China” policy, reversing his earlier expressions of doubt about the longtime diplomatic understanding and removing a major source of tension between the United States and China since shortly after he was elected.
In a statement, the White House said Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi “discussed numerous topics, and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our One China policy.” It described the call as “extremely cordial” and said the leaders had invited each other to visit.
The F-22 can also carry air-to-surface weapons such as bombs with Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guidance and the Small-Diameter Bomb, but cannot self-designate for laser-guided weapons. Internal air-to-surface ordnance is limited to 2,000 lb (910 kg). An internally mounted M61A2 Vulcan 20 mm rotary cannon is embedded in the right wing root with the muzzle covered by a retractable door to maintain stealth. The radar projection of the cannon fire's path is displayed on the pilot's head-up display.
The F-22's high cruise speed and altitude increase the effective ranges of its munitions, with the aircraft having 50% greater employment range for the AIM-120 AMRAAM than prior platforms. While specifics are classified, it is expected that JDAMs employed by F-22s will have twice or more the effective range of legacy platforms. In testing, an F-22 dropped a GBU-32 JDAM from 50,000 feet (15,000 m) while cruising at Mach 1.5, striking a moving target 24 miles (39 km) away.
The missile, the first test since Mr Trump became president, was launched from Banghyon air base in the western province of North Pyongan, and flew east towards the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry said.
It flew about 500km before falling into the sea, a ministry spokesman said, adding the exact type of missile had yet to be identified.
"Today's missile launch... is aimed at drawing global attention to the North by boasting its nuclear and missile capabilities", the ministry said in a statement.
"It is also believed that it was an armed provocation to test the response from the new US administration under President Trump," it added.
Mr Trump responded with an assurance to the visiting Japanese prime minister that Washington was committed to the security of its key Asian ally.
"I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent," Mr Trump said, without elaborating.
Mr Abe denounced the launch as "absolutely intolerable" while top government spokesman Yoshihide Suge told reporters in Tokyo it was "clearly a provocation to Japan and the region.
The Trump administration had been expecting a North Korean “provocation” soon after taking office and will consider a full range of options in a response to Pyongyang’s missile test, but calibrated to show U.S. resolve while avoiding escalation, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday.
The new administration is also likely to step up pressure on China to rein in North Korea, reflecting President Donald Trump's previously stated view that Beijing has not done enough on this front, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“This was no surprise,” the official said. "The North Korean leader likes to draw attention at times like this."
Trump and his aides are likely to weigh a series of possible responses, including new U.S. sanctions to tighten financial controls, an increase in U.S. naval and air assets in and around the Korean peninsula and accelerated installation of new missile defense systems in South Korea, the official said.
US commanders plan to execute their strategy to annihilate the threat from North Korea in a massive war games operation dubbed Key Resolve.
Warships, bombers, fighter planes and soldiers will all be on-hand for the colossal military exercise which will be the largest on record in the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea's nuclear weapons will be "destroyed" in a simulated scenario designed to test the military strength of the US in the Pacific and its ally South Korea.