The live firing exercise took place on Wednesday over the East Sea, the Air Force said. During the drill, an FA-50 fighter jet fired a guided missile, an AGM-65G Maverick, from an altitude of 1.2 kilometers (0.7 miles) and hit its target about 7 kilometers away. The target was a retired ship.
“With the successful live firing, we were able to confirm the precision attack capability of the FA-50s, built with our own technologies,” said an Air Force official.
The FA-50 Fighting Eagle is a light combat aircraft manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries. It is a combat version of the T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic advanced jet trainer.
The FA-50s are meant to replace the military’s aging fleet of F-5s, and the Air Force started operationally deploying them last year.
Capable of flying at a maximum speed of Mach 1.5, the light attack aircraft can carry weapons weighing up to 4.5 tons and be armed with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and general-purpose bombs. It is also mounted with a three-barrel Gatling gun.
The aircraft can also be armed with precision-guided weapons.
Korea signed a deal to export 12 indigenously developed FA-50s to Indonesia in 2011. Iraq also agreed to buy 24 units last year, and the Philippines earlier this year agreed to purchase 12 FA-50s.
A Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) built FA-50, attack plane, firing an AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface tactical missile.