The Republic of Korea
Air Force of the Republic of Korea are not very significant in number, but very modern and are in fair condition.
Their base consists of 42 languid fighter F-15K (60% consisting of the local component). The devices are a revised and improved version of the F-15E supplemented with modern infra-red equipment, advanced radar and slam interactive control system.
More media machine is the F-5E "Tiger" (174 cars in the Air Force). A significant part of the local machine. All cars — modified E.
Follow-up on the mass of the machine is fighter F-16, of which in the presence of 170 (35 F-16C, 90 KF-16C and 45 KF-16D, the last car of the local assembly). All machines are adapted to modern boperipasy. Modification of all machines — block 32 and above.
Old car in service less comparable. At the current time in the presence of 68 fighter-bombers, F-4 Phantom-2, renamed the stormtroopers.
Easy training-ground attack aircraft is presented, first, 64 easy Trainer KAI T-50. Still about 80 of these machines is planned for production. These light attack aircraft have a speed of up to 1.4-1.5 Mach radius of acts — 1851 km, and can carry various loads, including laser bombs, missiles "air-to-air" and analogues.
Comparable small fleet of helicopters, and contains, in the main, the old South American model vehicles, light and attack helicopters.
The jurisdiction of the Air Force is also the country's air defense system. For 2010, it is represented by 6 to 8 batteries launchers "Patriot" PAC-2 (ex-German, there are a total 148 missiles) and 24 batteries MIM-24 HAWK (600 missiles). All rocket launchers are integrated into the system of radars AN/MQP-64 Sentinel
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BBC North Korea, by contrast, affect the number of cash machines, but their quality is far from perfect. There are a total of about 1,500 aircraft, most of them — obsolete.
More new cars are 35 Air Force MiG-29S with an improved fire control system. These machines are in fact the case, the only modern fighters. According to reports, most of these machines is concentrated in the defense of Pyongyang, which can be explained only by the paranoia of the authorities of the country (as the defense of Pyongyang and so is quite strong, and the 35 fighters that not enough is added to it). Perhaps the machines are maintained in good condition.
Followed by age is a fighter MiG-23ML, of which there are 46 (10 more MiG-23R). This machine is a lightweight version of the highly maneuverable everyday Mig-23, aimed at missile duel. In theory, the machine can carry a P-23 and P-60, which is in service.
The most widespread is the fighter MiG-21, of which about 190 in service (including royalties Chinese). Presumably — because of problems with spare parts — only part of the fleet is letnoprigodnoy. It is absolutely outdated, very worn models that made up the fleet base in North Korea 1960-1980. Rather, in the current time for them to the same hard to find pilots, because due to problems with the fuel, most of the fleet is idle.
Also available there is about 200 very old class fighters Mig-17 in China. These machines are of no military value, and in accordance with their characteristics, less than a modern combat-ready light training aircraft. Presumably, they have only cannon armament. Difficult to understand the meaning of maintaining the park is so obsolete aircraft, because if probelmy with fuel, their pilots have long been committed not flown. The only plausible use for them is a ground attack role on the front line.
For some unknown reason, the Air Force of North Korea, there are still more than 80 jet bombers of old times of IL-28. Difficult to understand what role these machines to assign generals DPRK. Maybe they assumed the role in the delivery of weapons of mass destruction, although difficult to understand how these little old kopotlivye aircraft can generally survive in modern warfare.
North Korea's attack aviation is a huge number of aircraft in the main — an old model. This is the Su-7, Su-22, Q-5 — the total number above 98. Although stormtroopers obsolescence is not as fundamentally as for the fighters, all the same, these machines at the present time hardly combat-ready (due to excessive wear and bad-trained pilots)
The only modern stormtroopers are L-29 (12 pieces) and Su-25, in the amount of 36 cars.
Helicopters DPRK quite strong, although still very small. Its base consists of helicopter models of old times — Mi-2 and Mi-4 (about 200 cars), most of his own legacy. More modern machines are combat Mi-24 (24 pieces), transport Mi-26 (4 pieces), transportyne Mi-8 (15 pieces) and militarized civilian helicopters MD 500D American-built (87 items)
In general, according to the Air Force of North Korea, they are a very insignificance of the fighting force. Although the individual machines and the pilots could not concede southerners in general, the level of training of pilots, skoere likely lower due to lack of fuel. In addition, a significant part of the machines on a physical level is outdated and has low security.
To a certain extent, this is offset by a strong and obmyslennoy air defense system of the country. North Korea's air defense system is one of the most rich and deep echelon in the world. Although it does not have a truly effective systems, it is still striking in its richness.
North Korea's air defense base is 24 launchers S-200. Supposedly they are supplemented locally produced analogue of the C-300, but the information is — trivial in the face of setbacks and North Korea in missile electronics — does not look authentic.
Naiboele massive complexes are air-defense systems S-125 (128 launchers) and With-75 (240 launchers)
Paradoxically, but armed North Korea still has the S-25, removed from service in all countries. Hard to explain why, but the awkward and flabby air defense missiles are the basis of Pyongyang. Storing them in service explains the lack of any ability or substitution (obviously not in favor of the states alleged production DPRK S-300) or the incompetence of the military administration, believes that "the main thing is the number." Without a doubt, the resources devoured by this hopelessly outdated complex, might be even more appropriate ispolzvoany to support the C-200!
The field is represented by complexes of "Circle", "cube", "Boom", "needle" and "Book", just above 1,000 rockets. Clearly the number of launchers is unclear.
It also offers over 11,000 units of anti-aircraft artillery. For the most part, it's outdated standards of different origin. None of them is modern, and the real fighting capacity is close to zero.
In general, the North Korean Air Force, is a powerful force, but only because of the air defense system. Actually fighter element is very weak, which also exacerbated by inadequate training of pilots.