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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROK Air Force, ROKAF, Revised Romanization: Daehanminguk Gong-gun) is the air force of South Korea. It operates under the Ministry of National Defense.

Active October 1, 1949 – present
Country  Republic of Korea
Type Air Force
Size 65,000 (2010)[1]
Part of Ministry of National Defense
Garrison/HQ Gyeryong
Mascot Haneuli / Purumae
Aircraft 760 (2010)
Engagements
Korean War
Vietnam War
Gulf War
War on Terrorism
Air Force Chief of Staff General Park, Jong Heon (2010.9.30~)  

Order of battle

Republic of Korea Air Force Headquarters

Air Force Operations Command

5th Tactical Airlift Wing , based at Busan-Gimhae (ICAO RKPK/IATA PUS)
251st Tactical Air Support Squadron flying C-130H and C-130H-30
256th Tactical Air Support Squadron flying CN235-100M
258th Tactical Support Squadron flying CN235-100M and CN235-220M
259th Tactical Air Support Squadron flying UH-60P
15th Composite Wing, based at Seongnam (ICAO RKSM/IATA SSN)
237th Tactical Control Squadron flying 20 KA-1
255th Special Operations Squadron flying C-130H
257th Tactical Air Transport Squadron flying C-130H
35th Combined Group
296th Special Transport Squadron flying the HS-748 (2 aircraft tail numbers 1713 and 1718), CN235-220M (2 aircraft tail numbers 02-050 and 02-051), Boeing 737-3Z6 (1 airaraft tail number 85-101), Sikorsky VH-60P and the new Sikorsky S-92 (3 helicopters tail numbers 05-035, 05-050 and 05-055)
30th Air Defense and Control Wing, based at Osan (ICAO RKSO/IATA OSN)
6th Combat Control Team/Combat Search And Rescue Group

Air Force Northern Combat Command(unit under formation, will be operational by 2010)

8th Fighter Wing, based at Wonju (ICAO RKNW/IATA WBJ)
103rd Fighter Squadron flying F-5E/F-5F/KF-5F
207th Fighter Squadron flying KF-5E and KF-5F
10th Fighter Wing, based at Suwon (ICAO RKSW/IATA SWU)
101st Fighter Squadron flying KF-5E/KF-5F/F-5F
201st Fighter Squadron flying KF-5E/KF-5F/F-5F
39th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
131st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron flying 17 RF-4C Phantom
17th Fighter Wing, based at Cheongju (ICAO RKTU/IATA CJJ)
152nd Fighter Squadron flying F-4E
153rd Fighter Squadron flying F-4E
156th Fighter Squadron flying F-4E
29th Tactical Development & Training Group
191st Tactical Development & Training Squadron flying F-16C/D and KF-16C/D
192nd Tactical Development & Training Squadron flying F-5E/F and KF-5E/F
6th Search & Rescue Group
233rd Combat Search & Rescue Squadron flying Bell 412, Eurocopter AS532L/L2 Cougar and Sikorsky HH-60P helicopters
235th Combat Search & Rescue Squadron flying Kamov HH-32 (KA-32T) and Boeing Vertol HH-47D Chinook helicopters
18th Fighter Wing, based at Gangneung
19th Fighter Wing, based at Chungju
161st Fighter Squadron flying F-16C/D (Block32)
162nd Fighter Squadron flying F-16C/D (Block32)
155th Fighter Squadron flying KF-16C/D (Block52)
159th Fighter Squadron flying KF-16C/D (Block52)
20th Fighter Wing (?20?????), based at Seosan (ICAO RKTP)
120th Fighter Squadron flying KF-16C/D (Block52)
121st Fighter Squadron flying KF-16C/D (Block52)
123rd Fighter Squadron flying KF-16C/D (Block52)
157th Fighter Squadron flying KF-16C/D (Block52)

Air Force Southern Combat Command

1st Fighter Wing, based at Gwanju
11th Fighter Wing, based at Daegu
102nd Fighter Squadron flying F-15K
122nd Fighter Squadron flying F-15K
151st Fighter Squadron flying F-4D
16th Fighter Wing, based at Yecheon (ICAO RKTY/IATA YEC)
202 Fighter Squadron flying F-5E/F-5F/KF-5F
216 Flying Training Squadron flying 16 T-59 (BAe Hawk Mk.67)
38th Fighter Group, based at Gunsan

Air Defence Artillery Command

1st Air Defence Artillery Brigade
2nd Air Defence Artillery Brigade
3rd Air Defence Artillery Brigade

Air Force Logistics Command
Maintenance Depots
Supply Depots
Transportation Groups

Air Force Education & Training Command

Air Force University
Basic Military Training Wing
3rd Flying Training Wing
Air Force Aviation Science High School
Technical Schools

Aerospace Projects Group
Aerial Combat Development Group
Air Force Academy



Air Force Bases

The ROK Air Force operates from eight major airbases. Most personnel are stationed at large, well-defended air bases located at Ch'ongju, Kangnong, Kunsan, Kwangju, Osan, Sunch'on, Suwon, and Taegu. The air force also operates an unknown number of smaller airbases. Civilian airfields, including three international airfields at Seoul, Pusan, and Cheju, would be utilized in wartime, as would specially designed sections of major highways.

The Tactical Air Control Center at Osan became operational in 1983. The Theater Air Control Center has a full control over all air operations. Reconnaissance aircraft and air defense radar sites informed the center about potentially hostile aircraft before they entered South Korean airspace. In wartime this capability was expected to allow South Korean air controllers more time to assess threat and the ability quickly to communicate orders to interceptor aircraft and surface-to-air missile sites.

According to Keith Rowe and Dan Allmacher in their Order of Battle for the ROK Air Force there are some 641 hardened aircraft shelters in South Korea for both US and ROKAF aircraft.

 

Name DAFIF ICAO Latitude Longitude Runway ft. Elevation ft. Type
Major Military Air Bases
CHONGJU INTL KS18851 RKTU 36.718 127.496 9,000 191 B
CHOONGWON AB KS89820 RKTI 37.030 127.886 9,330 281 C
KANGNUNG KS87140 RKNN 37.754 128.944 9,000 35 B
KUNSAN AB KS30467 RKJK 35.904 126.616 9,000 29 C
KWANGJU KS40957 RKJJ 35.128 126.810 9,300 42 B
OSAN AB KS51390 RKSO 37.091 127.030 9,004 40 C
SACHON AB KS35832 RKPS 35.089 128.070 9,000 25 C
SEOSAN AB KS45940 RKTP 36.705 126.486 9,000 39 C
SEOUL AB KS23347 RKSM 37.446 127.114 9,700 92 C
SUWON KS48753 RKSW 37.239 127.007 9,000 86 C
TAEGU AB KS48012 RKTN 35.894 128.659 9,290 116 B
Minor Military Air Bases
A 306 KS35753 RKNC 37.884 127.718 4,053 245 C
A 511 KS23937 RKSG 36.961 127.034 6,141 51 C
R 103 KS99765 RK 37.475 126.747 1,469 92 D
R 107 KS99733 RK 37.715 126.559 1,279 45 D
R 110 KS99754 RK 37.763 126.792 1,600 65 D
R 113 KS71169 RKSK 37.601 126.869 3,700 64 D
R 129 KS99734 RK 37.956 126.921 1,220 115 D
R 203 KS99737 RK 37.642 127.149 1,558 80 D
R 213 KS99776 RK 37.815 127.350 2,200 420 D
R 217 KS60404 RKRO 37.867 127.175 3,640 328 D
R 218 KS99735 RK 37.894 126.971 1,700 361 D
R 219 KS99736 RK 37.908 127.014 1,700 295 D
R 222 KS82637 RK 37.831 126.991 3,500 287 D
R 225 KS99744 RK 38.018 126.975 820 100 D
R 227 KS99746 RK 38.024 127.107 1,500 220 D
R 228 KS99747 RK 38.030 127.141 1,900 228 D
R 231 KS99721 RK 38.025 127.368 2,400 425 D
R 233 KS99725 RK 38.079 127.272 2,300 340 D
R 237 KS99722 RK 38.153 127.312 3,800 510 D
R 239 KS99748 RK 38.199 127.222 1,970 630 D
R 240 KS99749 RK 38.249 127.377 1,730 630 D
R 301 KS99739 RK 37.502 127.630 1,638 230 D
R 307 KS99740 RK 37.929 127.757 1,800 270 D
R 311 KS99751 RK 38.052 127.798 1,410 590 D
R 312 KS99723 RK 38.073 127.523 1,900 855 D
R 313 KS99730 RK 38.122 127.687 1,700 460 D
R 314 KS99726 RK 38.138 127.742 1,900 600 D
R 317 KS99750 RK 38.216 127.654 1,862 750 D
R 321 KS99756 RK 38.265 127.564 2,200 900 D
R 404 KS51338 RKNY 38.088 127.987 3,600 675 D
R 405 KS99817 RK 38.119 128.040 2,100 721 D
R 406 KS99724 RK 38.138 128.007 1,672 656 D
R 412 KS99753 RK 38.242 128.208 2,400 950 D
R 413 KS99729 RK 38.383 128.458 2,288 164 D
R 414 KS99752 RK 38.106 128.200 1,160 672 D
R 417 KS99743 RK 37.650 128.570 1,312 1722 D
R 419 KS99758 RK 37.700 127.900 2,639 450 D
R 420 KS99741 RK 37.956 128.314 2,700 900 D
R 500 KS99727 RK 36.111 127.104 1,182 66 D
R 501 KS99764 RK 37.287 127.227 2,001 243 D
R 505 KS29498 RK 36.571 127.296 3,100 82 D
R 510 KS70967 RK 37.201 127.472 5,230 211 C
R 522 KS99732 RK 36.180 127.833 1,280 546 D
R 526 KS99760 RK 36.584 126.660 1,250 197 D
R 530 KS99759 RK 36.754 126.331 1,480 40 D
R 536 KS99994 RK 36.262 127.117 3,937 93 D
R 605 KS87064 RK 37.162 128.220 3,790 953 D
R 710 KS99996 RK 35.345 127.020 1,200 132 D
R 712 KS99787 RK 35.305 126.496 1,746 30 D
Civlian Dual Use Airfields
CHEJU INTL KS10983 RKPC 33.511 126.493 9,843 118 A
CHINHAE KS89597 RKPE 35.141 128.696 3,600 8 D
JHUNJU KS13888 RKJU 35.878 127.120 4,925 96 B
JUNGSEOK AERODROME KS03854 RKPD 33.400 126.712 7,589 1171 A
KIMHAE INTL KS89580 RKPK 35.180 128.938 10,499 13 B
KIMPO INTL KS60585 RKSS 37.559 126.790 11,811 58 A
MOKPO KS48219 RKJM 34.759 126.380 5,249 23 B
POHANG KS93016 RKTH 35.988 129.420 7,000 70 D
SOKCHO KS04498 RKND 38.148 128.601 5,118 99 C
SONGMU KS03499 RKTE 36.568 127.500 4,000 258 C
ULSAN KS85850 RKPU 35.594 129.352 6,562 42 D
WONJU KS20127 RKNW 37.438 127.960 9,000 329 B
YECHON KS99718 RKTY 36.632 128.355 9,000 354 C
YEOSU KS21015 RKJY 34.840 127.615 5,085 68  
 
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