South Korea takes to the skies fighters after reports of 180 warplanes in the air of the DPRK

11:25 04 November Kyiv, Ukraine

South Korea alerted dozens of fighter jets and other military aircraft on Friday after finding more than 180 North Korean military aircraft mobilized at various locations.

This was reported in the defense department of South Korea, reports Yonhap News.

South Korea took off about 80 aircraft.

According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korean aircraft were detected between 11:00 and 15:00 over its hinterland and off its western and eastern coasts.

North Korea is strongly protesting the ongoing South Korean-US joint air exercise called Vigilant Storm.

The large-scale air force exercise Vigilant Storm is taking place with more than 240 aircraft, including stealth aircraft, amid growing concern that Pyongyang may soon conduct its first nuclear test since 2017.

North Korea on Thursday fired three more short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan shortly after South Korea and the United States decided to continue joint military exercises.