In a recent development, South Korea has received clearance to procure an array of advanced precision weapons from the United States, which it will integrate into its fleet of F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

The acquisition, detailed in a US State Department announcement posted last December, encompasses an assortment of munitions aimed at bolstering South Korea’s defense capabilities and enhancing its interoperability with US forces.

The Arsenal: Advanced Munitions for Enhanced Capabilities

The request, valued at $271 million, includes a diverse weaponry arsenal, notably 39 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and various other munitions.

Among the sought-after items are two AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM Guidance Sections, 88 KMU-556 Tail Kits, and 86 Mk-84 General Purpose bombs, specifically intended for targeting hardened structures such as bunkers.

Further components of this procurement encompass 342 Mk-82 bombs, 12 Mk-82 inert bombs, 35 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDBs), as well as AIM-120 control section spares and containers.

AIM-120 Missile
(Image source: DVIDS)

Once delivered, these air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions are anticipated to significantly fortify South Korea’s defensive capabilities and serve as a deterrent against potential aggression in the region.

The proposed sale will improve the Republic of Korea’s capability to meet current and future threats,” the State Department announcement emphasized, affirming that South Korea’s armed forces are fully equipped to absorb and utilize these articles and services seamlessly.

Republic of Korea, or ROK, is South Korea’s official name.