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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) is planning to acquire FMU-139 electronic bomb fuses for operational use beginning in 2013, lieutenant colonel Yoon Young-sam said.

Defense News quoted the official as saying that the procurement would be carried out in stages either domestically or overseas.

The FMU-139 is an electronic impact/impact delay fusing system designed for use by the US Navy and Air Force in the MK80 series and M117 high-explosive bombs.

The new fuses will replace the existing aging mechanical M-904/905 fuses.

Local ammunition manufacturers Poongsan and Hanwha Corporation are competing to supply the fuses.

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The ROKAF has more than 10,000 bombs, including MK82 general purpose bombs and BLU109 penetration bombs, which are carried by F-4, F-5, KF-16 and F-15K aircraft.

About 1,200 Joint Direct Attack Munition bombs aboard F-15Ks and KF-16s are currently equipped with electrical fuses.