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  • Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal
    Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal 12 August 2020
    The Republic of Korea, which is constantly under the threat of the North and therefore has to have a capable army infrastructure, has recently announced its intention to acquire new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C). Saab confirmed that it will bid the Republic of Korea, which launched for additional AEW&C acquisition. While the procurement of two platforms was foreseen in the first place, no information was given about whether the purchase w...
  • Korea Develops 1500 Horsepower Domestic Engine
    Korea Develops 1500 Horsepower Domestic Engine 7 August 2020
    Wang Jung-hong, chief of Korean Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), said they were ready to launch the 1,500-horsepower engine they developed with local sources for K2 Black Panther. “Some rules have hampered a product launch, but we’ve cleared that up now,” he said, noting the agency was eyeing countries in Europe and the Middle East as potential customers for the locally manufactured component. The power pack was developed in collaboratio...
  • Wheeled Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Enters Mass Production
    Wheeled Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Enters Mass Production 30 June 2020
    Self-propelled anti-aircraft guns have maintained their importance for years against rotary or fixed-wing manned air elements, with missiles and drones approaching close range from low altitude. DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement instution of the Republic of Korea, announced that an agreement has been signed with Hanwha Defense for the new wheeled self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system. Under the agreement of $ 207.66 million, the p...
  • Additional AEW&C Procurement
    Additional AEW&C Procurement 30 June 2020
    Air early warning and control aircraft are one of the most suitable solutions for radar gaps occurring in mountainous areas and for aerial command and control of fleets. Having to keep an army capable and well equipped against the northern threat, the Republic of Korea has acted to acquire additional Airborne Early Warning and Control (Airborne Early Warning & Control) aircraft. The country's Defence Project Promotion Committee gave the necessary approval for the p...
  • New Assault Rifle Selection
    New Assault Rifle Selection 19 June 2020
    Thanks to the developing materials and machining technologies, infantry rifles offer high firepower precisely in portable dimensions to a single soldier. DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement arm of the Republic of Korea, announced that DSAR-15PCs were selected as part of the Special Warfare Command requirement. Under the $ 3.1 million program, the short-barreled CQB (Close Quarter Battle) model of weapons will be procured. The number o...
  • Republic of Korea Will Export on the Internet
    Republic of Korea Will Export on the Internet 12 May 2020
    Many defence fairs have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19. The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of the Republic of Korea will implement new measures for problems with exports. As part of the temporary measures, customers will be contacted by the production of videos that can promote the defence products and services of local companies through online communication platforms. DAPA minister Wang Jung-hong said, “We are producing promotional materials su...
  • ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers
    ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers 29 April 2020
    According to Korea Herald, Republic of Korea (ROK) on Monday approved a $546 million plan to develop a combat system to be equipped on the country's next-generation destroyers, the arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The Defence Project Promotion Committee decided during a videoconference session held earlier in the day to sign a contract for the Korea Destroyer Next Generation project in the fourth quarter of this year with a plan to ...
  • Ulsan-Class Frigates to be Built for Korean Navy
    Ulsan-Class Frigates to be Built for Korean Navy 17 March 2020
    The Republic of Korea continues its efforts to increase its power in the seas. In this context, the Republic of Korea Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) signed an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the FFX-III frigate. The ship is said to be known as “Ulsan-class”, and is a further development from the earlier Daegu-class frigate that was designed under the FFX-II program. The frigates called the Ulsan class are expected to be delivered to the Korean Navy b...
  • Design Process Completed
    Design Process Completed 26 September 2019
    The design process of the combat aircraft developed jointly by the Republic of Korea and Indonesia has been completed. The cost of the development project, fixed at $7.3 billion was initiated in January 2016. Prototype to be built by 2021. The 4.5 generation, semi-stealth aircraft will have advanced avionics and aerial refuelling capability. In all, about 168 jets will be made. According to the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the project progressed...
  • Korea Will Destroy UAVs
    Korea Will Destroy UAVs 18 September 2019
    The Republic of Korea has announced a project to develop laser weapons system to take down small aerial targets such as drones or missiles, the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The project is worth approximately US $74 million, the DAPA seeks to complete the development of the system named Block-I, capable of shooting laser beams against small unmanned aerial vehicles by 2023 for operational deployment. "After the development of the system aimed at small ...
  • Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea
    Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea 14 May 2019
    DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement agency of the Republic of Korea, has announced that the country has launched the second phase for the new anti-submarine warfare helicopters. In the first phase, Republic of Korea has pruchased eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The estimated value is expected to be $ 802 million. It is estimated that US-based Lockheed Martin and Italian Leonardo companies will compete. The timeline for bidding is May 2 to Augu...
  • F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea
    F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea 24 April 2019
    Two F-35A stealth fighters arrived in the Republic of Korea for the first time. According to The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), F-35As arrived at the airbase in Cheongju and an official deployment ceremony will take place in the next two months. The two planes will undergo domestic processes to be combat-deployed to the Air Force, DAPA said. In 2014, the Republic of Korea decided to purchase 40 F-35As for deployment with about $6.8 billion, the biggest amount for...
  • Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters
    Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters 30 March 2019
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) received first two F-35A ( Conventional Take Off and Landing /CTOL) fighter jets at a key base in country to join the ranks of Asia's few radar-evading warplane operators, Seoul's arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. Two F-35s arrived at an air base in Cheong Ju, 140 kilometres south of Seoul, after several stopovers for refuelling following their departure from Luke Air Force Base i...
  • New Battery will Improve Korean Subs
    New Battery will Improve Korean Subs 21 November 2018
    The Republic of Korea is nearing the end of its efforts to increase the operational range of submarines. With new batteries developed, the operational range of submarines will be doubled.   The batteries were developed for a new generation submarine project. Lithium-ion based batteries are two times more efficient than lead-acid precursors. Following the 30-month development phase, the systems passed the technological readiness tests and took a step closer to the inte...
  • DAPA unveils first images of KF-X design with Meteor Missiles
    DAPA unveils first images of KF-X design with Meteor Missiles 1 July 2018
    Republic of Korea’s arms acquisition agency unveiled June 29 the preliminary design of the KF-X fighter aircraft. The disclose of the preliminary KF-X design came after the Defence Acquisition Program Administration, (DAPA), held a preliminary design review (PDR), to decide whether to proceed to the next phase of critical design review (CDR). Four Meteor long-range air-to-air missiles developed by MBDA are shown to be nestled under the fuselage, while two IRIS-T shor...
  • Korea picks Poseidon
    Korea picks Poseidon 26 June 2018
    Republic of Korea decided to purchase Boeing's P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in a US$1.7 billion project, the country’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on Monday. The DAPA said, “We have decided to purchase the latest maritime patrol aircraft for conducting patrol, search and rescue operations through the foreign military sale program from the U.S. government, in consideration of the cost, time schedule, capabilities as well as the...
  • Bidders Emerged for Korea's MPA Buy
    Bidders Emerged for Korea's MPA Buy 16 May 2018
    Boeing, Saab and Airbus are expected to bid for the Republic of Korea's maritime patrol aircraft project. The Republic of Korean Defence Ministry and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) decided to adopt new surveillance aircraft that offer a longer flight duration and heavier weapons payload in February this year. To the approximately $1,80 billion acquisition program, Boeing will offer P-8A Poseidon while Saab will be presenting its Swordfi...
  • Marado Has Been Launched
    Marado Has Been Launched 15 May 2018
    The Republic of Korea Navy’s second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship has been launched on 14 May at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan. With a length of 199 metres and a width of 31 metres, ROKS Marado is expected to be commissioned in 2020. Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) signed a contract with HHIC in 2014 worth about $380 million for the construction of Marado, the keel of which was then laid...
  • ROKN's New Amphibious Assault Ship To Be Commissioned in 2020
    ROKN's New Amphibious Assault Ship To Be Commissioned in 2020 4 May 2018
    The Republic of Korea Navy’s second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship will be launched this month.  The new ship, ROKS Marado, will be delivered to the service on 14 May, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced. With a length of 199 metres and a width of 31 metres, ROKS Marado is expected to be commissioned in 2020. The first-of-class ROKS Dokdo was commissioned in 2017. 
  • Korea In Pursuit of ASW Helicopters
    Korea In Pursuit of ASW Helicopters 26 April 2018
    The Republic of Korea will soon issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purchase of advanced anti-submarine warfare helicopters, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) statement on 23 April. The RFP is expected in May which will cover the purchase of 12 helicopters to be inducted in 2022. Leonardo's AW-159, Sikorsky's MH-60R and NHIndustries' NH-90 are among the candidates.  
  • Saab To Offer Swordfish for Korea's MPA Quest
    Saab To Offer Swordfish for Korea's MPA Quest 22 March 2018
    Saab made a public interest in the Republic of Korea's maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) quest. The Republic of Korea Navy is eager to introduce advanced MPAs to add to the fleet of 16 P-3C and P-3CKs currently in service covering the waters around the peninsula. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is expected to issue a formal request for proposals soon. The acquisition program is reportedly worth $1.81 billion. Saab wants to of...
  • Korea Ordered Additional Taurus Missiles
    Korea Ordered Additional Taurus Missiles 14 March 2018
    The Republic of Korea has inked a contract to purchase 90 more Taurus long-range air-to-ground missiles in addition to the 170 missiles ordered under a 2013 contract. "The contract was signed in late February," Kang Hwan-seok, spokesman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), however, had not issued a news release on the contract.  Produced by German-Swedish defence producer Taurus Systems GmbH, the missile has a range of 500 kilometres.
  • German Transmission System to K2 MBTs
    German Transmission System to K2 MBTs 15 February 2018
    The Republic of Korea's K2 main battle tanks will be equipped with German RENK transmission system, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 7 February. The first batch of 100 K2s was equipped with the German MTU 883 diesel engine and RENK transmission system. The second-batch production, which was originally started in 2014 when Hyundai Rotem signed an $820 million contract to supply the additional K2 MBTs, has long been delaye...
  • First Daegu Commisioned 4 February 2018
    Republic of Korea has commisioned ROKS Daegu, the first ship of of Daegu Class frigates. Pennant number of ROKS Daegu is designated as FFG-818. Ship is officially commisioned on February 1 . The Daegu Class frigates are developed from Incheon Class Frigates under the FFX-II project. ROKS Daegu is expected to become fully operational in second half of 2018 Under the contract signed with Republic of Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Decembe...
  • AESA Support to Korea by Sweden
    AESA Support to Korea by Sweden 2 January 2018
    Swedish Saab company has been awarded a contract to support algorithm development and evaluation for airborne AESA radar programme led by the Korean Agency for Defence Development.  Saab announced the award on 22 December, revealing the contract value as $15,2 million. The program is part of the Republic of Korea's efforts to develop a domestic fighter aircraft, including relevant avionics equipment such as AESA radar. According to South Korea&...
  • ROK Navy’s Future Submarine Rescue Vessel Passes Capability Test
    ROK Navy’s Future Submarine Rescue Vessel Passes Capability Test 30 December 2017
      Republic of Korea's (ROK) Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced that the design of the ASR-II project passed the military's required operational capability (ROC) test. ROK Navy has commissioned nine KSS-II class submarines (Type 214) as well as building the new class of large submarine, the KSS-III. Ship’s missions include rescuing trapped sailors in submarines, naval operation support for submarines, underwater research and m...
  • New Mortar by Korea
    New Mortar by Korea 30 October 2017
    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is developing a new 120 mm self-propelled (SP) rifled mortar system. Speaking at the Defence IQ Future Mortar Systems conference, the Director of the Armoured Project Team at DAP revealed that a 120 mm mortar system that features improved accuracy, range, and rate of fire is being developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). The system is expected with a unit cost of under $1,5 million.
  • Korea To Wait Three More Years
    Korea To Wait Three More Years 17 October 2017
    The Republic of Korea's Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced a three-year delay in production of additional Hyundai Rotem K2 (Black Panther) main battle tanks (MBTs) on 13 October. Hyundai Rotem signed a $820 million contract to supply the additional K2 MBTs to the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) in December 2014. The country is expected to order more than 600 K2 MBTs to replace its M47 Patton tanks and K1 MBTs. The delay is due to reliab...
  • New Tank Landing Ship Has Delivered 7 August 2017
    The Republic of Korea Navy received the second LST-II class tank landing ship (Landing Ship Tank-LST) built under the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The platform which cost 116 million USD, named as a Cheonjabong and built the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard. The ship, which was approved for supply in 2013 under the scope of the DAPA, was laid down after two years. A total of four ships will be built under the program.
  • Third Sub On Its Way
    Third Sub On Its Way 5 July 2017
    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the Republic of Korea's third KSS-III submarine, according to Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announcement on 30 June. The vessel will be the first KSS-III submarine built by HHI.  The first steel cutting ceremony of the first KSS-III heavy diesel-electric submarine, due to be launched in 2018, took place in November 2014, at DSME Geoje shipyard and the second sub also unde...
  • Fast Attack Craft Bolster To NLL
    Fast Attack Craft Bolster To NLL 30 June 2017
    The Republic of Korea has placed an order for an additional four 'B' variant Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX-B) to Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC). HHIC has previously been awarded a contract to build the first four PKX-B vessels out of 16 initial order, first of which was launched on 28 July, 2016.  The contract was announced by the Republic of Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on 29 June, stating&nbs...
  • Korea, Ready To Begin Mass Production
    Korea, Ready To Begin Mass Production 29 June 2017
    The Republic of Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 28 June that EVO-105 Evolved Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer, developed by Samsung Techwin company, completed the final trials successfully and will proceed with mass production in 2018. DAPA said the system will be operated by the front line of the Republic of Korean military. The 105 mm truck-mounted howitzer's development cycle began in 2009, and resulted in a protot...
  • Keel Laid for Second Dokdo-class LPH
    Keel Laid for Second Dokdo-class LPH 2 May 2017
    The Republic of Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 28 April that the keel-laying ceremony for the second Dokdo-class landing platform helicopter (LPH), to be named Marado (LPH 6112), was held in Busan. 200 m-long vessel feature some upgrades to the first vessel, RoKS Dokdo. Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) is scheduled to deliver the new vessel to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in 2020. ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111), was launc...
  • R&D Spurt by Republic of Korea
    R&D Spurt by Republic of Korea 13 January 2017
    The Republic of Korea will focus its attention on defence research and development projects. According to the country’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) statement on 6 January, the work on more than 170 projects led by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration's (DAPA's) Agency for Defense Development (ADD) will be put on the fast track. The projects include missile defence systems, stealth technologies, "laser weapons" to intercept small unmanned systems, advan...
  • 100 New 'Surion's to RoK
    100 New 'Surion's to RoK 30 December 2016
    The Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) has awarded a contract to Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to provide the amphibious variant of Surion twin-engine utility helicopters to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Corps and Army. Announced on 28 December, the contract has a value of $500 million, covering 30 helicopters. On the other hand, this is the second Surion contract KAI has been awarded by DAPA. Collectively, KAI secured $1,8 billion contract from DAPA, for 100 helicopt...
  • Good Fellas in Asia
    Good Fellas in Asia 22 November 2016
    The Republic of Korea will sign an agreement with the US government in order to expand defence trade and industrial collaboration. The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the future deal on 21 November. According to the memorandum, defence companies from the two countries will exchange information about industrial capability and products. 
  • South Korea goes for GE engine 26 May 2016
    US General Electric (GE) was selected as the preferred bidder to supply twin engines for Seoul's indigenous fighter jets, according to the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).The fighter-jet development project, KF-X, is aimed at locally developing the twin-engine combat jets equipped with state-of-the-art aviation electronics equipment by 2026 to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s.The DAPA said it plans to finalize the basic designs for the KF-X by September next...