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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 10th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Picture of the Day: US & South Korean Air Forces Begin Joint Drills

In this photo released by South Korea's Air Force on May 7, 2012, South Korean KF-16 fighter pilots walk along the parking ramp of the Air Force 1st Combat Flight Wing in the southwestern city of Gwangju, as the South Korean and U.S. air forces began a large-scale, regular joint maneuver the same day to sharpen their ability to work together in simulated war situations. The annual Max Thunder exercise, which will run through May 18, is expected to bring together about 60 warplanes from the allies, including a U.S. aerial refueling aircraft. (Yonhap)

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  • Matt
    3:04 pm on May 10th, 2012 1

    Hate to say this, but those are definitely NOT F-16s of any kind…maybe F-15Ks…:)

  • Matt
    3:05 pm on May 10th, 2012 2

    and why would KF-16 pilots be walking in front of a long row of F-15s (because I know it doesn’t explicitly say the planes are F-16s…)?

  • Hamilton
    4:34 pm on May 10th, 2012 3

    They are walking to the back of the bus where the KF-16s are parked.

    Seriously though, the KF-16 is a very capable aircraft.

  • KF-16
    10:53 pm on May 10th, 2012 4

    ROKAF spot movie

  • Ghost Stories From The American South
    4:08 am on May 11th, 2012 5

    [...] of AUSTIN, Texas 68 km . so it centered in the middle and moves north and south at the SAME time. Picture of the Day: US & South Korean Air Forces Begin Joint Drills … . released by South Korea's Air Force on May 7, 2012, South Korean KF-16 fighter pilots walk along [...]

  • John in LA
    4:13 pm on May 11th, 2012 6

    I heard at one point KF-16s were the most capable F-16 around and USAF F-16 pilots would drool over them.

  • KF-16
    5:15 pm on May 11th, 2012 7

    Yes back in the 1990s KF-16s were the first Block 52 F-16 to have been produced, the most capable variant at the time. Though by the 2000s their quality comparison with USAF F-16s blurred as they underwent separate upgrade paths. USAF F-16s underwent the CCIP with Falcon-STAR and KF-16 went with domestic upgrades.

    Some comparison:

    In more modern days KF-16 has been earmarked to be equipped with ‘F-16V’ Block 70 upgrades sooner than US Vipers. KF-16 upgrade will also somewhat influence which upgrades the US Vipers will get. As before this would make the KF-16 the most capable F-16 variant at the moment of modification, ahead of US variants which would use upgrades whose competitiveness have been verified by prior usage on KF-16.

    Some say additional production of KF-16 should have been pursued to retire the old jets, but the potential budget were turned around for a more indigenous program, the FA-50 (which cost nearly $4 billion until now, as much as the entire KF-16 program). It’s not yet equally capable as KF-16, but a domestic industrial base to produce F-16 class fighters is a good thing. For example, Samsung Thales is going to develop a domestic AESA radar for FA-50 which cannot be equipped on KF-16 (flash video: A license should be issued for KF-16 to undergo domestic upgrades by the original manufacturer before it can be done, but as the upgrades become increasingly more high-end and expensive it’s unlikely to be given, so FA-50 comes in as the workaround. The F-16V upgrade is worth $2 billion and it only makes sense that the competing upgrade products are forced by the manufacturer to be American so the US industry would get the money. The FA-50 would provide ROKAF greater privilege for customization by domestic outfits.

  • KF-16
    11:08 pm on May 11th, 2012 8

    KF-16&F-16 Practice Generation

  • KF-16
    7:14 pm on May 12th, 2012 9

    Higher resolution pic… 60 Vipers.

  • KF-16
    7:20 pm on May 12th, 2012 10

    ROKN&USN Key Resolve

  • KF-16
    5:49 pm on May 15th, 2012 11

    Max Thunder ROKAF formation


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