Tuesday, January 13, 2009

F-16 Rotation to Replace Departing Apache Helicopters in Korea

Twelve U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft will replace a unit of U.S. Army Apache helicopters deployed to the Republic of Korea beginning this March. See the Associated Press report and U.S. Forces Korea press release.

The F-16s will be deployed on a rotational basis and in place before the Apaches of the 1-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion depart Korea, ensuring no gap in capability occurs.

U.S. Pacific Command routinely deploys military forces throughout the Asia-Pacific region as part of longstanding U.S. support to its allies and partners and to fulfill its security responsibilities.

U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft were orginally identified as the replacement for the Apache helicopters. However, due to increased requirements for inspections and repairs to the A-10 aircraft fleet, the decision was made to deploy the F-16s instead. The F-16 is a multi-role fighter capable of conducting a broad range of missions, including close air support, precision strike and counter-air. It provides added capability in targeting, precision munitions, detection, and defensive measures

The U.S. remains committed to the defense of the Republic of Korea and will ensure the right mix of capabilities are deployed on and around the Korean Peninsula to support key Alliance missions and deter aggression.

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