The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has awarded a contract to Boeing to continue providing sustainment support for its F-15K Slam Eagle aircraft fleet.

Under the contract, the company will support the fleet’s readiness for the next five years.

Boeing US and Far East region F-15 sustainment director Tim Buerk said: “This approach guarantees materials and technical support required for aircraft maintenance over many years while managing costs.

"This approach guarantees materials and technical support required for aircraft maintenance over many years while managing costs."

“It also provides opportunities for us to utilise local industry to help maintain and manufacture F-15K components, cutting down on cycle times.”

Seoul-based supplier Hyundai Glovis will partner with Boeing to assist on logistics handling and supply chain distribution activities.

Boeing said that it has been sustaining the RoKAF’s F-15K fleet since 2012. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) awarded a five-year, $300m performance based logistics (PBL) contract to the company in February 2012.

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In November 2013, the RoKAF signed a contract for the Taurus KEPD 350K cruise missiles for integration onto its F-15K fleet. The first lot of the missiles were received by South Korea on 14 October 2016.

Boeing opened a new avionics maintenance and repair centre in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone in May 2015. The facility was established to enhance readiness of the ROKAF’s F-15K fleet.

An advanced variant of the F-15E, the F-15K is a multi-role fighter aircraft that has been designed to conduct long-range precision strike missions during day or night, in all weather conditions.

The aircraft is equipped with mission equipment and a payload of more than 13,000kg to conduct air-to-ground, air-to-air, and air-to-sea missions.

The F-15K can carry a combination of air-to-air weapons including a 20mm cannon, AIM-9 Sidewinder infrared-guided air-to-air missiles, Raytheon AIM-7 Sparrow radar-guided air-to-air missiles, AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM), and AGM-130 missile.