by CRAIG SCANLAN
Writing about the Republic of Korea’s rapid advancement in military prowess generally points towards the positive, the country having accomplished great leaps in a short span of time, but when this topic veers to that of ROK Air superiority, the current South Korean state of affairs can be lumped in with what has become the norm for pro-western Asian countries in the region.
While the ROK remains superior in the air to that of their North Korean brother, their air force currently lags woefully behind that of their naval and army superiority and advances.
The South Korean military had hoped to rely on the U.S. for procuring fighters under their FX-III plan, needing a modern semi-stealth fighter to keep their forces battle-ready in this millennium. Boeing’s proposed F-15 Silent Eagle (F-15 SE) was meant to fill that void with modern sensor arrays, canted tails, and internal weapons bays.