Outwardly, the KF-16 resembles the original F-16, but with some modifications to meet local requirements.

In the early 1990s, Korea Aerospace Industries produced 140 KF-16 fighters under license from Lockheed Martin. These aircraft are based on the US F-16C and D Block 52. The first KF-16 fighters were delivered to the Republic of Korea Air Force in 1994, becoming the most modern fighters of this country. The last batch was delivered in 2003, and to this day they are still the backbone of the Republic of Korea Air Force.

Outwardly, the KF-16 resembles the original F-16, but with some modifications to meet local requirements. Almost 2,500 parts are changed from the original F-16.

The KF-16 has air-to-air and ground-attack capabilities. Furthermore it can fly in all weather conditions and carry smart weapons. This multi-role fighter has 7 hardpoints and 2 wing tip mounts. These mounts are used to carry AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles.

The KF-16 can also carry beyond visual range air-to-air missiles, such as AIM-120 AMRAAM, or air-to-surface missiles such as AGM-65D, cruise missiles, or anti-ship missiles. This fighter can also carry free-fall or precision-guided bombs, Joint Direct Attack Munition, rocket pods, or fuel tanks. There is an integral M61 Vulcan 20 mm 6-barrel cannon. This aircraft has a provision of the HARM targeting system pod.

This South Korean aircraft has an APG-68 multi-mode radar. Other features include a wide-angle Head-Up Display. This aircraft carries chaff or flare dispenser for self-defense against incoming missiles. The KF-16 also has a radar jamming system.

The KF-16 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 turbofan engine. This engine is fitted with an afterburner and generates 79 kN of dry thrust and 129.4 kN with afterburning. This engine powers late models of the F-16 and F-15E Strike Eagle.

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