S Korea to conduct air refueling drills with U.S.: report

13:27, July 11, 2011      

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South Korea's Air Force plans to conduct aerial refueling exercises with the United States Air Force on a regular basis, local media reported Monday.

The allies will conduct air refueling drills every six months, with the first one slated for August or September, Yonhap News Agency reported citing an unspecified military official.

A KC-135 Stratotanker, a U.S. aerial refueling aircraft stationed in Okinawa, Japan, will be mobilized for the drill, the official reportedly said.

Air-to-air refueling helps the receiving jet stay airborne for longer.

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