Elephant Walk of South Korean Air Force

Korean Air Force demonstrates the ‘Elephant Walking’ tactic.

The Korean Air Force rehearses the deployment of “Elephant Walking”, the tactic of maneuvering military aircraft in tandem to take off in a conflict scenario.

South Korea’s air force exercise on March 8 mobilized 33 military aircraft, including multi-role stealth fighters F-35A, fighters F-15K, KF-16, F-16, FA-50, F-5 and even F-4E Phantoms are about to be phased out at the end of June.

This is the first time every fighter in the Korean Air Force has been mobilized in coordination.

The fighters took off from Suwon military airport, south of the capital Seoul. The training took place while the US and South Korea were holding an 11-day annual joint exercise called “Freedom Shield”.

The US-South Korea joint exercise is described as intended to strengthen strategic deterrence against nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

“With today’s ‘Elephant Walking’ training session, we want to become an air force strong enough for the people to trust and for the enemy to fear. We must have enough capacity and readiness to respond.” overwhelmingly respond to all provocations from the enemy,” Korean Air Force Chief of Staff Lee Yong-su commented.

The “Elephant Walking” exercise is a form of testing combat readiness and standard procedures before taking off on a large scale at air force bases. The pilot team is required to quickly control the aircraft in formation on the runway at a minimum safe distance, then be ready to follow each other and take off continuously.

In addition to the purpose of displaying military power, the exercise also helps commanders evaluate the ability to deploy maximum forces in a short time, simulating a sudden increase in the number of sorties during military campaigns.

The air force drill took place one day after North Korea conducted artillery exercises directly supervised by leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang affirmed that the exercise had units capable of placing the “enemy capital” in its sights.

Mr. Kim also called for stepping up preparations so that artillery units can “take the initiative with lightning and overwhelming attacks at the moment they enter a real war.”