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The North Korean Air Force Belongs In A Museum—It Wouldn’t Last Long
28-06-2021, 06:33 AM
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The North Korean Air Force Belongs In A Museum—It Wouldn’t Last Long
The North Korean Air Force Belongs In A Museum—It Wouldn’t Last Long In Combat

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Several squadrons of the North Korean People’s Air Force switched bases this spring. The relocations drove the secretive KPAF units out into the open for the first time in a long time.

Commercial imaging satellites photographed dozens of MiG-29 fighters, Su-25 attack planes and H-5 bombers assembling and flying out of Sunchon and Uiju air bases, giving Western analysts a rare opportunity to assess the KPAF’s force structure.

One count by Joseph Dempsey, an analyst with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, seemed to confirm that, despite not acquiring new warplanes in three decades, North Korea more or less has managed to maintain its inventory.

But the KPAF by any account is a collection of museum pieces. Its antiquated—if still functional—warplanes wouldn’t last long in a direct confrontation with the much bigger and much more modern South Korean and U.S. air arms.

Which raises the question—if the KPAF can’t hope to survive a confrontation with rival air forces, what exactly is it for?

Leaving aside its propaganda value, the KPAF mostly is a battlefield-support force, explained Joost Oliemans, an expert on the North Korean military who writes at the Oryx blog.

In wartime, the KPAF’s 570 planes would drop bombs in direct support of North Korean armored divisions rolling south through the mountain passes along the Demilitarized Zone. “To enable them in this role, many North Korean aircraft have been fitted with additional hardpoints to enable the carriage of a greater amount of iron bombs,” Oliemans said.

Don’t expect precision. Do expect extremely high casualties. North Korean planes lack modern self-protection systems such as the latest radar-jammers. They’d fly over battlefields crowded with enemy air-defenses ... and crisscrossed by scores, if not hundreds, of enemy stealth fighters including American F-22s and F-35s and South Korean F-35s and, soon, KF-21s. สล็อตทดลองเล่น

In a war on the peninsula, the KPAF might end up being a single-use force. It generates ground-support sorties for just a couple days before attrition renders it ineffective. Then what?

After the North Korean air force is kaput, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea still has options for battling the combined air arms of South Korea and the United States. Indirectly. “The idea seems to be to pick up the slack with long-range artillery,” Oliemans said. “The DPRK may be unable to face its adversary in the skies, but it has a real shot at denying him the use of his airfields and destroying much of its air force on the ground.”

“In a conventional scenario, this would entail the use of the plethora of precision-guided—but potentially vulnerable to GPS-jamming—systems it has developed in the previous two decades,” Oliemans added.
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