S;Korea may buy more Strike Eagles




 
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May 18th, 2006  
sandy
 

Topic: S;Korea may buy more Strike Eagles


Gov't to Order 20 More F-15Ks Fighters from 2009

The Defense Ministry and the Air Force plan to order 20 more F-15K fighter jets from the U.S. from 2009 in addition to the 40 to be delivered by 2008. A military source said on Wednesday a defense committee meeting at the directive of Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung passed a 2007-2011 mid-term plan that includes another 20 F-15 jets for about W2 trillion (US$2 billion).

The source said the plan is a continuation of the 40-unit F-15K introduction plan. It will become official once it is approved by President Roh Moo-hyun.

Originally the Air Force wanted another 40 of the fighters after 2009, but after projected budget shortfalls, that number was halved. The additional order is notable because the administration had seemed to be moving away from always using American military equipment, and the W5.5 trillion Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) project was given to a European firm.

It could also affect the decision who wins the E-X project to acquire airborne early warning systems, which is expected soon. There, a craft by Boeing of the U.S. is competing with one from the Israeli firm IAI Elta, and some pundits believed the government tends toward handing the project to the Israeli firm.
http://english.chosun.com/w21data/ht...605180001.html
May 18th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
A Good decision, IMO.
May 18th, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 
It will help Boeing to keep F-15s production line for a longer time
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May 20th, 2006  
WarMachine
 
 
They going to use the F-15 in an Air superiority role or its more popular bomber configuration?
May 21st, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by WarMachine
They going to use the F-15 in an Air superiority role or its more popular bomber configuration?
It is still a multi-role fighter jet
May 21st, 2006  
WarMachine
 
 
I was seeing it through an American perspective where we use F-16s for air superiority and everything else as a bomber more or less.
May 21st, 2006  
gigabrain
 
 
i think the F-15K is a Multi-Role Fighter that is mostly used for air superiority, but-like the israelis-they arm the aircraft with both AA and AG ordinance on every mission.