Boeing to support ROKAF fleet of F-15K jets
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has awarded a performance based logistics (PBL) contract to Boeing to support the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) fleet of F-15K Slam Eagle fighter jets.
The five-year $300m contract will ensure long-term, affordable sustainment of F-15Ks, allowing them to remain operationally ready to protect the nation.
Boeing Integrated Logistics vice president and general manager Jim O'Neill said that a PBL approach ensures availability of mission-essential parts to meet the ROKAF's F-15K Mission Capability needs whenever required, while managing overall life-cycle cost.
The contract will be supported by Korean industry partner Hyundai Glovis, who will assist with in-country logistics handling and supply chain distribution activities.
PBL is an alternative to the traditional transactional approach to purchase spare parts and can be customised as per customer needs, from supply of spares and repairs to management of complex systems or full operational fleet support.
The Boeing-built F-15K Slam Eagles are advanced variants of the F-15E, and are equipped with the latest technological upgrades.
Powered by General Electric F110-GE-129 engines, the F-15K features a new electronic warfare suite including BAE Systems IEWS ALR-56C(V)1 radar warner, BAE Systems IDS ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser system and Northrop Grumman ALQ-135M radar jammer.
The Tiger Eyes sensor suite, provided by Lockheed Martin, includes mid-wave staring array FLIR, laser and CCD TV, terrain following radar and mid-wave staring array FLIR and long-range infrared search and track (IRST).
In April 2002, ROKAF chose the F-15K as its next-generation fighter and placed orders for 40 aircraft with additional orders for 21 in 2010.
The F-15K entered operational service in July 2008 after performing its first flight in March 2005.
With technology insertions and upgrades throughout its lifecycle, the aircraft is planned to be operational until 2040.
Image: Boeing conducts first flight of ROKAF's next-generation fighter F-15K Slam Eagle. Photo: Boeing.