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South Korea plans $2.9-Billion F-15K capability upgrades

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The Republic of Korea Air Force is upgrading its F-15K Eagle fleet’s radar systems and long-range mission capabilities in a 3.9-trillion won ($2.9 billion) modernization project.

The F-15K Performance Improvement Project was announced by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, which will facilitate the upgrades through foreign military sales.

Under the program, the force’s F-15Ks will be fitted with improved quick and accurate target identification and strike capabilities, ensuring more stable operating conditions for the fleet.

Under the program, the force’s F-15Ks will be fitted with the AN/APG-82 electronic scanning radar, BAE Systems’ AN/ALQ-250 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System, and a new Large Area Display on the cockpit for significantly improved situational awareness.

The program is expected to run from 2024 to 2034.

Maintaining the F-15K

With 59 currently in service, South Korea’s F-15Ks are a core part of the country’s air defense.

Aviation giant Boeing was selected as its contractor for long-term sustainment projects in 2017, and was renewed for another five years in 2022.

The country’s F-15Ks are flown by the air force to watch over key North Korean facilities that are within range, like the Punggye-ri nuclear site and the Sohae Launch facility.

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