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RoKAF request upgrade for block 32 F-16s

May 26, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - On May 22, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Republic of Korea to support the upgrade of 35 F-16 block 32 Aircraft.

RoKAF F-16C block 32 #86-592 from the 19th FW seen on final approach at Wonju AB on October 16th, 2004. [Photo by Elmer van Hest]

The Republic of Korea has requested a possible sale to upgrade 35 F-16 block 32 aircraft to support the use of Joint Direct Attack Munitions, Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM).

Additional requirements include, Improved Data Modem, and Secure Voice capabilities, test and support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related logistics support. The estimated cost is in the region of $250 Million.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require temporary travel for U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Republic of Korea for in-country support.

Courtesy of Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

Additional images:

A ROKAF F-16C block 32, #86-591, touching down at Chungwon AB [ROKAF photo]

A line-up of three ROKAF F-16C Block 32s including F-16C #87-657, ready for take-off at Chungwon AB [ROKAF photo]