RoKAF F-16C block 52 #93-060
from the 19th FW is taking off with a pair of fuel tanks and a pair of Sidewinder
missiles on the wingtips.
The 159th FS moved in from Daegu AB in 1994 to form the second block 52 unit within the 19th FW at Chungju AB. The squadron accepted its batch of the newly build block 52 airframes under the Peace Bridge II contract. These block 52 airframes are locally known as KF-16. The squadron was the second of the 19th FW – and within the Korean Air Force – to accept these advanced block 52 airframes. Comparing to the remainder of the Peace Bridge II order, these airframes were assembled by Samsung aerospace by kits delivered from Lockheed.
All RoKAF F-16 squadrons have a dual tasking. In the first place they are equipped with A/A missiles as the AIM-9 and AIM-120 to defend the Korean peninsula against attacks from the north. Secondly they have a dedicated ground-attack mission. Their main equipment for this mission is the LANTIRN targeting pod together with the AGM-65 Maverick missile. This equipment is chosen to counter massive North Korean tank attacks. Furthermore these F-16s are equipped with the advanced ALQ-165 ECM system which is a fully internal passive and active counter measures system. Therefore these aircraft don’t need an external ECM jammer.
More details on the equipment of the RoKAF F-16s is yet unknown, but it may be accepted that more advanced weapon systems have been introduced on the platform in the past and will be in the future.