May 20, 2024

South Korea’s air force to retire key assets that defend against North Korea

Government also announced beginning of Chungmu training to bolster preparedness for war scenario with DPRK

South Korea’s F-4E Phantom fighter jet completed its final live-fire exercises last week, marking the end of an era for the assets that were once vital to the ROK’s air defense against North Korea. 

After 55 years of service, the ROK’s fleet of F-4E Phantoms will be retired on June 7, along with the AGM-142 “Pop-eye” missiles, according to an ROK air force press release. 

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