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ROK Air Force

Aircraft Source Inventory
1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2013 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel 40 53 53 64 64 65 65 65 65 65
Active 40 53 53 64 64 65 65 65 65 65
Reserve - - - - - - - - - -
Attack 32 23 22 - - - - - - -
O/A-37B Dragonfly US 27 23 22 - - - - - - -
T-28D Trojan US 6 - - - - - - - - -
Fighter 364 373 389 386 369+ 390+ 390+ 410? 343? 338?
5th Generation .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 15 60 160
F-X-3 (F-35A)1 Lightning II US - - - - - - - 15 40 40
KF-X ROK - - - - - - - - 20? 120
4th Generation 30 48 64 106 157 178 178 178 178 178
F-X-3 (F-15SE)1 Silent Eagle US - - - - - - - - - -
K/F-16C Falcon (Peace Bridge) US / ROK 30 48 64 104 118 118 118 118 118 118
F-15K (F-X-1 / -2) Slam Eagle US / ROK - - - 2 39 60 60 60 60 60
3rd Generation 334 325 325 280 212+ 212+ 212+ 212+ 105 ..
K/F-5E Tiger II US 160 160 160 150 142 142 142 142 70 -
F-5A Freedom Fighter US 44 35 35 - - - - - - -
F-4E Phantom II US 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 35 -
F-4D2 Phantom II (Peace Spectator) US 60 60 60 60 + + + - - -
Recon / EW 67 58 58 81 51 45 47 54? 54? 54?
Falcon 2000 FRA - - - - - - 2 2 2 2
RC-800SIG (Peace Krypton) US / UK - - - 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
RC-800RA (Peace Pioneer) US / UK - - - 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
EA-50 / RA-50 Golden Eagle ROK - - - - - - - 24? 24? 24?
RF-5A Freedom Fighter US 10 10 10 5 5 - - - - -
RF-4C Phantom II US 27 18 18 18 18 17 17 - - -
KO-1 Wong Bee ROK - - - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
O-2A Skymaster US 10 10 10 10 - - - - - -
O-1E Bird Dog US 20 20 20 20 - - - - - -
Airborne Early Warning (AEW) .. .. .. .. .. 3 4 4 4 4
B737 AEW&C (E-X) (Peace Eye) US / ROK - - - - - 3 4 4 4 4
Refueling .. .. .. .. .. .. 4 4 4 4
KK-X Tanker TBD - - - - - - 4 4 4 4
Transport 38 28 28 36 35 34 38 38 38 38
Medium 31 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 16
C-130J-30 Hercules US - - - - - - 4 4 4 4
C-130H / H-30 Hercules US 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
C-123K Provider US 10 - - - - - - - - -
C-54 Skymaster US 9 - - - - - - - - -
Light 4 13 13 21 20 20 20 20 20 20
CN-235 ES/ID - 12 12 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
C-118 Liftmaster US 1 1 1 1 - - - - - -
Commander 520 US 3 - - - - - - - - -
Passenger 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2
B747 (KVC-XX) US - - - - - 1 1 1 1 1
B737 US 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
BAe 748 UK 2 2 2 2 2 - - - - -
TRAINING 170 167 237 244 250 268 236 236 221 221
Jet - Advanced 70 92 132 154 150 162 130 130 115 115
K/F-16D Falcon (Peace Bridge) US/ROK 10 12 24 46 46 46 46 46 46 46
T/A-50 Golden Eagle ROK - - - 1 25 69 69 69 69 69
T-59 Hawk (Mk 67) UK - 20 18 17 17 15 15 15 - -
T-383 Talon US - - 30 30 10 - - - - -
K/F-5F Tiger II US 35 35 35 35 32 32 - - - -
F-5B Freedom Fighter US 25 25 25 25 20 - - - - -
Jet - Intermediate 75 50 50 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
T-37C Tweet US 50 50 50 - - - - - - -
T-33A Shooting Star US 25 - - - - - - - - -
Piston 25 25 55 90 100 106 106 106 106 106
KT-1 Wong Bee ROK - - 55 85 85 83 83 83 83 83
T-103 RU - - - 5 15 23 23 23 23 23
T-41D Mescalero US 25 25 - - - - - - - -

Helicopter

GTOW 31 41 49 47 56 42 42 42 42 42
Transport - Heavy 20-ton .. 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
HH-47D Chinook US - 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Transport - Intermediate 10-ton 3 24 32 32 41 37 37 37 37 37
VCH-92 (VH-X) US - - - - 3 3 3 3 3 3
HH-60P Blackhawk US - 15 15 15 15 11 11 11 11 11
S-70A-22 White Knight US - 3 3 3 10 10 10 10 10 10
HH-32A RU - - 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Bell 412 US 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
AS-332L Super Puma FRA - 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2
Transport - Medium 5-ton 16 11 11 10 10 .. .. .. .. ..
UH-1N / Bell 212 Twin Huey US 6 6 6 5 5 - - - - -
UH-1H Iroquois US 10 5 5 5 5 - - - - -
Light / Utility 15 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
UH-1B Iroquois US 15 - - - - - - - - -
UAV - - - 103 103 103+ 103+ 103+ 103+ 103+ 103+
Global Hawk US - - - - - - 4? 4? 4? 4?
Kus-9 Night Intruder ROK - - - - + + + + + +
Searcher ISR - - 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Harpy ISR - - 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100

Air Defense

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Artillery, Anti-Aircraft4 - 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
40mm L/60 / L/70 / M1 US - 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
35mm GDF-003 SWI - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Anti-Aircraft Missiles4 - 310 310+ 310+ 310+ 310+ 310+ 310+ 310+ 310+
K-SAM Chun Ma (Pegasus) ROK - - + + + + + + + +
MIM-14 Nike Hercules US - 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200
MIM-23B I-HAWK US - 110 110 110 110 110 110 110 110 110
Radars 16 19 19 23? 12 12 12 12 12 12
AN/TPS-77 / AN/FPS-117 US 5 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
L-88 LASS US 10 10 10 10? - - - - - -
AN/TPS-70 US 1 1 1 1? - - - - - -

Missile Defense

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Interceptors - - - - 48 48 48+ 48+ 48+ 48+
M-SAM Cheolmae II ROK - - - - - - + + + +
Patriot PAC-2 (SAM-X) US / GER - - - - 48 48 48 48 48 48
Radars - - - - - 2? 2 2 2 2
EL/M-2080 Green Pine ISR - - - - - 2? 2 2 2 2

Notes

    1 - The third phase of the ROK's F-X program (F-X-3) would select only one type aircraft, with the F-15SE and F-35A being contenders.

    2 - These aircraft were reported to be in storage by 2010.

    3 - These aircraft were leased from the United States beginning in 1999. They began being returned to the United States in 2010.

    4 - The ROK Army turned over the Air Defense mission to the ROK Air Force in 1991.




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