|F-4D PEACE PHEASANT I||F-4E PEACE PHEASANT II|
|F-4D PEACE PHEASANT I|
|Class||Ground Attack Aircraft|
|Variant(s)||F-4E PEACE PHEASANT II|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Fuel Capacity||5000 L|
|Type||Marines, Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|Bomb||Mk. 82 (227kg)|
The F-4D Phantom II is a twin-engine, two-seat, supersonic multi-role fighter. The F-4D is improved from the basic F-4C Phantom II used by the USAF, fitted with updated avionics, the APQ-109 radar, and first flown in 1965. It does not carry an internal cannon. The type was ordered by South Korea in the late 1960's under the PEACE SPECTATOR program. Initially, 18 were delivered, followed by another 18 in 1972 in exchange for 36 F-5A Freedom Fighters. In total, 96 F-4D's were delivered to the South Korean Air Force.
The F-4D PEACE PHEASANT I is South Korea's high-speed medium bomber. Carrying twenty five 227kg Mk. 82 bombs, the F-4D can strike powerfully at enemy infantry and lightly or moderately armored vehicles. The Mk. 82 does not have the power of the heavier Mk. 83 or truly devastating Mk. 84, but with an HE rating of 10, is powerful enough to deal with transports and support vehicles, as well as troops. The F-4D has a good top speed, and so spends minimal time in the coverage of enemy Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS).
The F-4D does have several drawbacks, however. Its powerful strike capability comes at a price (120 points per aircraft), it carries poor ECM, and no air-to-air compliment to defend itself against enemy fighters. It is vulnerable to long- and short-range SAMs and AAMs, and a fighter escort is a must if the aircraft is to successfully attack its target.
|Type||Bomb||No Weapon||No Weapon|
|Range|| Ground = 3500 m|
Helicopters = N/A m
Airplanes = N/A m
|Rate of fire||128 r/min|