Procurement: South Korean Smart Bombs


July 2, 2008: South Korea is buying more missiles and smart bombs for its growing fleet of F-15K fighter-bombers. The latest order, coming to about $200 million, includes 125 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, 35 Maverick air-to-ground missiles, 280 JDAM guidance kits (added to dumb bombs, to turn them into smart bombs), 36 laser guided bombs, plus spare parts and chaff containers (each of which shows up on enemy radar as a 700 meter diameter blob, and hides incoming aircraft.)

South Korea already has received 40 F-15Ks (similar to the USAF F-15E, a two seat, all-weather bomber), with another 21 to arrive between 2010-12. These aircraft are expected to do most of the damage to North Korea ground forces, should there ever be another invasion by North Korea.



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