South Korea develops electronic intel system for F-16s

Jan. 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- South Korea's military has developed its own electronic and image intelligence systems for use on its F-16 jet fighter aircraft.

Work on the systems by the Agency for Defense Development began in 2007, and integration of the ELINT system on the Air Force's F-16s began last month.

The image intelligence system for collecting and analyzing night-day target images will be integrated on Korea's U.S.-made F-16s starting next year.

"We now have the ability to design the signal intelligence collection equipment in the same class or better than that of advanced countries by securing core technologies such as ultra-wideband signal, high-precision direction finding and multiple signal digital analyzing technology obtained from the development of the ELINT collection system," the Ministry of National Defense said.

It said the ELINT collection system is miniaturized and lightweight and has a detection frequency band that has a more expanded range than that of comparable international systems.

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