KF-16 fighter jets carry 'smart' bombs to neutralize N. Korea's artillery

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    The Air Force said Wednesday that it is deploying satellite-guided joint direct attack munitions (JDAMs) on its KF-16 fighter jets, enhancing the capability to neutralize long-range North Korean artillery.

    The South Korean Air Force has been working with the U.S. military since 2008 to modify the KF-16's computer systems to carry the all-weather "smart" bombs guided by an internal navigation system.

    "The JDAM is considered the most optimal munition to neutralize long-range artillery pieces hidden in mountain caves in North Korea," the Air Force said in a statement.

    Carrying a global positioning system in its tail, a JDAM is a kit that converts existing unguided bombs into munitions that can hit ground enemy targets with precision.

    Hundreds of the North's long-range artillery and multiple-launch rockets were deployed along the inter-Korean border near Seoul.

    Those missiles, capable of shelling the South Korean capital only 50 kilometers from the border, are the biggest defense concern for the South.

    The KF-16 fleet is equipped with downsized JDAMs with a weight of 1,000 pounds, Air Force officials said. A normal JDAM weighs 2,000 pounds.

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high after North Korea bombarded the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong last November, killing two soldiers and two civilians. The Koreas are still technically at war after their 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.


    Source: Herald Media Inc.

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