During the Max Thunder exercise, South Korean and American pilots fired simulated missiles against each other as they practiced realistic combat scenarios.
The US Pacific Command said: "VMA-311 AV-8B Harrier pilots combined forces with [South Korea] and US Air Force pilots and were split between two sides, red air and blue air, where they conducted a defensive counter air mission set.
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”Blue air pilots were the allies and red air pilots played their invading adversaries."
The 11-day combat simulation mixed pilots from each country on both sides in a bid to improve mutual understanding and cooperation between the service members of the two nations.
US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Steve Raspet, exercise director of the Max Thunder operation said: “One of the big things we’re focused on is combined and joint operations to just get the team better at large force integration.
Blue air pilots were the allies and red air pilots played their invading adversaries
One of the big things we’re focused on is combined and joint operations to just get the team better at large force integration
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Raspet
“There are obviously barriers to overcome, like the language barrier, but we’ve been doing Max Thunder for a while and every iteration just keeps getting better.
“I think the pilots did a phenomenal job.”
The US Army has also been conducting military drills with their counterparts in South Korea.
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