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U.S. F-22 stealth fighters to take part in Seoul air show

The U.S. Air Force plans to send F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to an air show slated for October in Seoul, according to its Web site Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Air Combat Command website, the F-22 demonstration team plans to come to South Korea for six days starting Oct. 20, for the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2015.

It will be the first time for the U.S. tactical fighters to visit Korea for an air show, though it has been deployed here to carry out military operations.

"It is yet to be fixed how many jets will come here, though they are expected to perform and to be on display for the air and trade show," a Seoul ministry official said, requesting anonymity.

Northrop Grumman, the American global aerospace and defense technology company, said it is also mulling to bring its high-altitude, unmanned aerial vehicle, Global Hawk, to the October show.

"It is yet to be determined whether we bring the real one or exhibit a model," its official said.

The South Korean military plans to buy four Global Hawks for better surveillance capability on North Korea.

The last session of the air show in 2013 involved F-35A fighter jets, multi-role jet Eurofighter and the F-15SE Silent Eagle aircraft, according to officials.

Seoul ADEX 2015 will be held at Seoul Airport on Oct. 20-25 to showcase diverse indoor and outdoor exhibitions that include demo-flights and a variety of aircraft and ground equipment. In order to promote a domestic weapons system, a maneuvering and firing demonstration of ground equipment will also be held, according to the defense ministry. (Yonhap)