ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters

ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters 23 December, 2019


The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing.

The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014.

Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) missions.

The Korean government also intends to order another 20 more units probably by 2021, with deliveries potentially scheduled beyond 2025 reaching 60 aircraft.

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