The completion of the upgrade enables the 南韩n jets to fire AIM-120 mid-range air-to-air missiles, according to the Air Force. The missiles have a range of 50 to 180 kilometers.
The U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets have played a key role in conducting air operations for the 南韩n Air Force since their introduction in 1986.
In November 2009, 南韩 inked a deal to upgrade the F-16 combat planes with Lockheed Martin Corp. A total of around 30 jets have been improved since October 2013.
“The upgraded F-16 PBUs will have the same capability of the KF-16 jets and will operate as the main combat planes charged with defending 南韩’s air,”空军官员说