Korean KF-16 undergoes upgrade testing at Edwards AFB

As part of the Korea F-16 Update Program, a Lockheed Martin KF-16D Block 52N Fighting Falcon from the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is being used as a trials aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in California.

Following modification by Lockheed Martin, the KF-16D – serial 92-4046 – has been temporarily assigned to the 416th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) ‘Skulls’ of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 412th Test Wing. While assigned to the unit, the multi-role fighter will be used to test elements of the RoKAF modernisation and is currently wearing USAF titles and markings.

KF-16D [USAF/Ethan Wagner]
KF-16D - serial 92-4046 - flies into position over the Precision Impact Range Area at Edwards AFB, California, prior to a test drop of a GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb on February 26. The aircraft’s RoKAF markings have temporarily been replaced by USAF titles and markings while it is assigned to the 416th FLTS at Edwards for trials as part of the RoKAF F-16V upgrade program. USAF/Ethan Wagner

The 412th Test Wing announced on April 8 that the KF-16D had carried out a successful drop test of a GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) on February 26 over the Precision Impact Range Area at Edwards AFB.

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract to retrofit all 13 of the ROKAF’s KF-16C/D Block 50/52s to the advanced F-16V configuration. The extensive modernization and upgrades as part of this comprehensive improvement program includes active electronically scanned array (AESA Radar), Modular Mission Computer, Multi-function Information Distribution System-Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS-JTRS), Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System-II (JHMCS II) and AN/ALR-56M advanced radar warning receiver upgrade, AN/APX-126 combined interrogator transponder and a Center Pedestal Display.