Air-Launched Weapons

Upgraded South Korean F-16s capable of striking key North Korean underground targets, says report

22 December 2016

The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has enhanced the capability of some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters by equipping them with bombs and missiles respectively capable of hitting key underground facilities in North Korea and shooting down combat aircraft at long-range, RoKAF officials told Yonhap news agency.

The USD250 million upgrade of 35 of the multi-role fighters is part of the RoKAF's so-called F-16 Peace Bridge Upgrade (PBU) programme, according to the Defense Industry Daily website.

Yonhap reported that the completion of the upgrade enables the aircraft to fire AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs). According to IHS Jane's Weapons: Air-Launched , South Korea had asked the US in 2008 and 2013 to supply the AIM-120C-7 model of the missile, which has a range of up to 105 km.

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