The Korean Air Force (ROKAF) is much stronger than Korea . Since the post-war period, Korea has made important strides when upgrading and replacing fighter squadrons, cooperating with the United States to produce fighter jets, German missile equipment that can put Pyongyang on. sight.
Recent National Interest magazine published an analysis by expert Kyle Mizokami titled “The worst dream of Kim Jong Un: An attack from the Korean Air Force?”.
The author said that during the inter-Korean war, the Korean air force was quite limited, but then trained and equipped with high standards. Recently, Seoul has formed a task force to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
In any rematch between the South / North, ROKAF is believed to be able to confront the Air Force of the Korean People’s Army – trained by patrons for North Korea, and is equipped with some of the latest Communist fighter jets, according to Kyle Mizokami.
Refurbished fighter series
During the post-war air defense period, ROKAF equipped 122 F-86 and RF-86 Saber jets. Later, F-86 fighters were replaced by F-5A / B Freedom Fighter fighters.
F-5A / B developed by Northrop for export markets, and is widely used by the US and its allies from Norway to the Philippines. By 1986, ROKAF had 214 F-5s, including a locally manufactured version.
The rapid growth of the Korean economy also means newer, larger fighter fleets.
In the late 1960s, South Korea began to expand its fleet of fighters, switching to twin-engine jets, now they ordered the used F-4D Phantom II fighter.
ROKAF has also exchanged 36 F-5A / B for 18 F-4Ds, and as a result they have 92 F-4Ds.
Some F-4D has been upgraded to F-4E, including the used standard E aircraft of the US Air Force, ROKAF’s F-4E number up to 103 units.
Phantom II is also the first Korean aircraft to be able to attack accurately: the F-4D is equipped with a laser target Pave Spike pod with daytime attack, and the F-4E has a Pave target laser pod. Tack attacks day / night. 36 F-4Es have been modified to bring Israeli Popeye precision guided missiles.
Currently, ROKAF has 61 F-15K Slam Eagle fighters, 169 F-16C / D Fighting Falcon fighters, 158 F-5 jets and 71 F-4 aircraft.
Cooperation in aircraft production with the US
The Korean aerospace industry complex (KAI) cooperates with US Lockheed Martin Group to develop T-50s, to take on the role of training and attacking the ground.
ROKAF also ordered 40 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters in the 5th generation stealth fighter, this number will probably increase.
The F-15K “Slam Eagle” is a descendant of the F-15E “Strike Eagle” multitasking fighter in the US Air Force, and has the ability to perform air-to-air and air-to-air missions.
The F-15K has a number of improvements over the F-15F, such as the active electronic phase array radar with AN / APG-63 (V) 1, infrared target tracking system, target detection system. on the pilot cap and similar to the F-16, it can carry AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles and Sidewinder short-range missiles.
It can also carry SLAM-ER precision attack missiles developed from the Taurus KEDP-350K Harpoon anti-ship missiles and cruise missiles.
Korea is likely to place Pyongyang on missile targets
The Taurus KEDP-350K cruise missile produced by Germany has penetrating warheads to attack hard targets, and is an important part of South Korea’s Kill Chain. With a range of 500km, Taurus is capable of attacking most targets on the Korean territory, including Pyongyang, although it is fired from the south of the DMZ demilitarized zone.
ROKAF has from 170 to 180 missiles.
Many South Korean F-16C / D fighters are now manufactured by KAI, domestic, capable of attacking accurately by equipped with LANTIRN target pods and air-to-air missiles with mid-range missiles AIM-120 AMRAAM and short range AIM-9 Sidewinder.
The F-16 can also carry AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles to perform air defense duties.
In addition to fighter jets, South Korea also actively builds support aircraft. Includes four Peace Eye capable of early warning of the first aircraft, equipped with Northrop Grumman’s radar system, which can detect air targets at a distance of 300km and small boats 240km away.
ROKAF also has eight Raytheon Hawker 800XP reconnaissance aircraft, which can capture images of North Korea’s bases up to 80km away from the DMZ while performing intelligence signal collection missions.
ROKAF also has a helicopter fleet that performs search and rescue missions, including CH-47 Chinook, S-70 and S-92. Due to the location of the border between the two regions, Korea does not need airborne planes.
Cooperate with Indonesia to build KFX domestic fighter aircraft
Korea also cooperated with Indonesia to develop the first domestic fighter model, called KFX. This is a 4.5-generation fighter aircraft – that is in the middle of 4th generation fighters like F-16C and 5th-generation F-35A fighter. In fact, KFX’s model shows that it bears the same characteristics as the two models above. FFX will be a versatile aircraft capable of performing both missions as jet and attack.
South Korea plans to build at least 120 KFX aircraft to replace older F-4 and F-5 aircraft. Under the original plan, by 2020, KFX will reach its initial operational capacity (IOC). However, by 2018, KFX has just entered the design phase, so it may be until 2025 (or beyond) that it reaches that goal.
Watch for Korea and be a powerful deterrent force
Finally, ROKAF plans to buy 4 RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft will be a key component in the surveillance network set up by South Korea to monitor Korea, providing early warning information before Pyongyang’s missile launches. The proposal to buy Global Hawk aircraft was approved by the US Department of Defense in December 2014, the transfer schedule in 2018.
ROKAF is in the upper hand with their main rival, Korea. While the Korean Air Force had faded after decades of economic stagnation, the ROKAF had grown, becoming a modern, balanced air force.
ROKAF is capable of undertaking all the tasks that they can be entrusted to during the Second Korean War, from unsupported road support to attacks aimed at key figures in the Binh government. Pyongyang.
This is a powerful and reliable deterrent to the risk of war.