123rd Fighter Squadron (RoKAF)

 

123 FS (RoKAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 52
Role:Multirole
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: N/A

Sideways profile for 123 FS in 2008.

F-16 History

The 123rd FS was established in 1999 at Seosan AB to accept 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 third of four to equip the newly formed 20th FW.

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.


RoKAF F-16C block 52 #93-090 from the 20th FW is parked in the static. [Mymemo.cn99.com photo]

Aircraft Markings History

1999 - present

The tail consists of the serial number at the bottom with 'ROKAF' titles above the year. Korean F-16s never wore any unit markings.


Unit History

  • 1999: Activation of the squadron in Seosan
  • 1999: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 20FW)

F-16 Airframe Inventory

Photos

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