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Department of the Air Force

Greater Korean Air Force

Greater Korean Republic Air Force Logo
Logo of the GKAF
Founded October 1, 1949
Country Greater Korean Republic
Branch Air Force
Size 228,815
Headquarters Gyeryong
Commanders
Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Jong-Heon
Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Haruhiko Kataoka
Chief Master Sergeant General Oh Gum-chol

The Greater Korean Republic Air Force or the GKRAF is the air branch of the Greater Korean Military. As of 2012, the Air Force has 220,000 personnel on active duty. The President of the Greater Korean Republic is the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force is the civilian leader of the Air Force. The overall main purpose of the GKRAF is to protect the Greater Korean Republic, and its allies from foreign threats.

Structure

Command

Name Commander(s) Headquarters
Greater Korean Republic Air Force Headquarters Seoul
Air Force Operations Command, Japan Tokyo
Air Force Operations Command, Pusan Pusan
Air Force Operations Command, Vladivostok Vladivostok


Formations

Name Location Subunits
5th Tatical Airlift Wing Busan-Gimhae
  • 251st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  • 256th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  • 258th Tactical Support Squadron
  • 259th Tactical Air Support Squadron
15th Composite Wing Seongnam
  • 237th Tactical Control Squadron
  • 255th Special Operations Squadron
  • 257th Tactical Air Transport Squadron
35th Combined Group Seongnam


  • 296th Special Transport Squadron
  • 6th Combat Control Team/Combat Search And Rescue Group
8th Fighter Wing Wonju
  • 103rd Fighter Squadron
  • 207th Fighter Squadron
  • 288th Electronic Fighter Squadron
  • 239th Black Eagles Aerobatic Team
10th Fighter Wing Suwon
  • 101st Fighter Squadron
  • 201st Fighter Squadron
39th Tatical Reconsiscance Group Pyongyang
  • 131st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
11th Fighter Wing Seoul
  • 161st Fighter Squadron
  • 162nd Fighter Squadron
  • 155th Fighter Squadron
  • 159th Fighter Squadron
1st Fighter Wing Iwo Jima
  • 158th Fighter Squadron
  • 123 Fighter Squadron
  • 212 Fighter Squadron
2nd Fighter Wing Mariana Island
  • 12th Airlift Wing
  • 82nd Fighter Wing
  • 101st Fighter Wing
9th Fighter Wing Incheon
  • 301st Fighter Wing
  • 233rd Fighter Wing
  • 322 Blue Swords Aerobatic Team

Future plans

General Jong-Heon has stated that the Greater Korean Republic would scrap its F-15K fleet by 2020 to make room for more advanced fighters.

Equipment

Combat Aircraft

  • Boeing F-15K Slam Eagle (60)
  • Hyundai K-2 Strike Fighter (86)
  • KAI FA-50 Golden Eagle (20)
  • Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon (169)
  • McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II (68)
  • Mitsubishi F-2 (94)
  • Mitsubishi F-15 Eagle (213)
  • Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II (287)

Trainer Aircraft

  • KAI T-50 Golden Eagle (70)

Bomber Aircraft

Helicopter

  • Boeing CH-47 Chinook (21)
  • Mitubishi H-60 (45)

Transport

  • C-130 Hercules (27)
  • Toshiba C-5 Galaxy (23)

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