The South Korean Air Force has equipped its KF-16 fighter planes with the precision-guided bomb, JDAM (GBU-31).
South Korea has developed software linking the KF-16 with a GPS satellite navigation-equipped JDAM.
“The JDAM is a precision-guided bomb in which the traditional bomb had been converted into a smart weapon through the attachment of a guiding device and wing kit, and precision strikes are possible at night through a guidance method using GPS and an inertial navigation system,” the Hankyoreh quotes an air force official as saying.
South Korean precision strike capabilities will be enhanced with the ability to operate JDAMs with fighters, including well over 100 KF-16s in addition to about 30 F-15Ks.
The JDAMs can also be fitted on the F-15K – a fighter capable of long-range precision strike missions without escort, day or night, in any weather.