Thursday, September 9, 2010

South Korean Air Force receives F-15K fighters

With the latest addition, the Air Force has a total of 42 F-15Ks. Under the first-phase program from 2002-2008, 40 F-15Ks were delivered, but one crashed in the waters off Pohang during a nighttime mission in June 2006. Under the second-phase project signed in May 2008, the U.S. aircraft giant is scheduled to provide a total of 21 F-15Ks by March 2012. The F-15K is capable of air-to-ground, air-to-air and air-to-sea missions day and night in any weather conditions. It can fly at a maximum speed of Mach 2.3 with an operational radius of 1,800 kilometers. A single aircraft costs about $100 million.
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