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South Korean built F-16s stationed at Kunsan

November 29, 2006 (by Asif Shamim) - KF-16s of the South Korean Air Force have deployed to Kunsan AB according to Air Force officials.

KF-16s similar to this example will operating from Kunsan AB

A anonymous Air Force officer was quoted to have said "The Air Force has been gradually stationing KF-16 fighter jets and pilots at Kunsan Air Base since the beginning of this month".

The same officer mentioned that some of Kunsans based F-5E fighter jets have been relocated to other air bases across the country. However the Air Force declined to reveal the actual number of KF-16s to be stationed there due to the sensitive nature of the military information.

"We hope that it will improve the combined operational capabilities of South Korea and the United States as Korean KF-16s are the same model as U.S. F-16s stationed at the U.S. air base in Kunsan," the officer said.

The 5.7 Billion US dollar F-16 program was completed in 2004 with the completion of the 140th KF-16. The aim was to replace the ageing fleet of F-4 Phantoms & F-5 Freedom Fighters. Building started back in 1991 when the state run Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) built the new fighters in partnership with U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin Co.