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  • New Target of NATO
    New Target of NATO March 28 2020
    NATO, which was established for a common defence against an attack from any external force, is currently struggling with different targets. Armies are in alarm because of COVID-19, which affects most of the world. NATO continues to support its allies, albeit for a different goal in this process. 45 tons of medical supplies acquired by the Romanian State to combat the epidemic were transported from the Republic of Korea to Bucharest under NATO's Strategic Airlift Capabi...
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders March 22 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • K9 Thunder Howitzer to Buy by Estonia can be Deferred to a Future Date Due to Coronavirus
    K9 Thunder Howitzer to Buy by Estonia can be Deferred to a Future Date Due to Coronavirus March 20 2020
    The K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer, which Estonia wants to add to its inventory, can be postponed to a later date due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Estonia, which previously bought 12 howitzers from the Republic of Korea, wanted to supply six additional platforms. Estonian Defence Minister Jury Luik, who is expected to visit Seoul last month, has cancelled his trip. Many speculate that the abrupt cancellation was related to COVID-19. "I don't believe the virus situation...
  • Ulsan-Class Frigates to be Built for Korean Navy
    Ulsan-Class Frigates to be Built for Korean Navy March 17 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...
  • GE to Power Korean New Vessels
    GE to Power Korean New Vessels March 16 2020
    US-based engine manufacturer GE will power the patrol boat of the Republic of Korea (ROK). GE LM500 Engines to power four new CHAMSURI II-Class Patrol Boats for Republic of Korea Navy. In December 2019, the ROK Navy launched PKX-B ships five through eight with expectations to be delivered to the fleet by the end of 2020. GE Marine announced that its 4.6 MW LM500 marine gas turbines will power ships 13 through 16 of the Republic of Korea Navy’s PKX-B patrol boat programs. GE LM500 gas tu...
  • India postpones MILAN 2020 multilateral exercise due to coronavirus concerns March 6 2020
    The Indian Navy’s multilateral exercise ‘MILAN 2020’, has been postponed owing to the spread of coronavirus that had claimed over 3,000 lives across the globe. The training was scheduled by the Indian Navy from March 18 to 28 in Visakhapatnam, The event has been postponed, to provide the safety of the 30 participant Navies.  (including the US, Russia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, the UK, Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar...
  • Ballistic Missile Trial During Joint Exercise
    Ballistic Missile Trial During Joint Exercise March 3 2020
    North Korea, which getting negative reactions from the world due to its nuclear program and ballistic missile trials, continues its firing tests despite pressures. North Korea launched a joint exercise on February 28 with the participation of force commands. Two short-range ballistic missiles were launched at 12.37 local time as part of the activities that Kim Jong-un also participated in and inspected. In a statement from the Republic of Korea, Pyongyang directed two missilest...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots March 1 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade February 22 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific January 29 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • Short List on MANPADS Tender
    Short List on MANPADS Tender January 27 2020
    The Philippines, which has reducing its soldier number and equipments until 2014, when the radical religionist terrorist organization ISIS began to grow stronger in the region, continues its re-armament process. A short list was announced in the tender for the short-range air defence system (MANPADS / Man Portable Air Defence System), which is one of the procurement projects launched for the reconstruction and equipment of the armed forces. French MBDA and Korean LIG Nex1 ...
  • New Missile Trial of North Korea
    New Missile Trial of North Korea January 27 2020
    Despite increasing tensions and coming face to face with the world, especially the USA, Japan and the Republic of Korea due to missile trials and nuclear studies, the North Korea added a new one to the test launchs. A statement from the Republic of Korea announced that the Pyongyang administration launched two short-range projectile. Missiles launched from the Hamyong Region towards the eastern waters of the country reached to about 97 thousand metres altitude 38...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz January 21 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine
    Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine January 1 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) continues to search engine for single-engine jet training aircraft Hürjet. It was thought that TUSAS decided on this issue. Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered by the Ej200 engine manufactured by Eurojet Consortium. TUSAŞ had begun to negotiate with the consortium at Le Bourget'de Paris Aeronautical Exhibition. This development was first written by C4Defence. The F404-GE-102 engine, which is a General Electric product wa...
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV December 28 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB November 30 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy November 12 2019
    The Republic of Korea launched a new, guided-missile frigate equipped with advanced sonar and propulsion systems. The platform, called Seoul, is 122 meters long. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with guided missiles and guns and can carry a helicopter for marine operations. The warship boasts of advanced anti-submarine patrol and combat capabilities, as it employs an advanced sonar system as well as a hybrid propulsion system that reduces the level of noise the vessel makes underwater. Acc...
  • Modernization Process Ended
    Modernization Process Ended November 5 2019
    Within the scope of the CSR 1 Program of the Republic of Korea, Type 209 submarines developed by the German HDW Shipyard were put into service. South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) handed over Chang Bogo (Type 209/1200)-class submarine Lee Eok Gi to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) on 31 October after completing an upgrade The Korean Ministry of National Defence announced on November 1 that the 57-meter-long electric-diesel submarine...
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM October 18 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship
    Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship October 18 2019
      The Korean Navy awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries a contract for the conceptual design of a large ship, dubbed LPH II, capable of operating short take-off and landing fighters.  Hyundai Heavy Industries will work on the concept design of the next-generation large transport ship. Landing Platform Helicopter-II is intended to be able to perform multi-purpose missions, so some parts like the deck, which is a unique material for vertical take-off and landi...
  • Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine
    Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine October 11 2019
    The Republic of Korea is considering to own nuclear-powered submarine. According to the Korea Herald, the Navy is running a task force on the potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines. ROK pushed to build such submarines in 2003 behind the scenes as part of its long-term military build-up program.  The project was suspended about a year later after it was disclosed in a media report. Then in 2017, the defence ministry researched the matter through private e...
  • North Korea Continue Trials October 4 2019
    Ballistic missile tests carried out by North Korea which caused countries’ reaction; has been postponed for a while. The silence of the Pyongyang administration was broken by a new launch, a first among the long-running tests carried out recently. In trial attempt, a ballistic missile launched from the submarine which was scheduled to begin at a different level conversation between North Korean officials and the United States. The test was carried out from an offs...
  • KFX to End Good October 3 2019
    While European countries are announcing their new generation combat aircraft projects, there is some news from Korea that started to work on these years ago. The KFX project, which is expected to become one of the most significant projects in the history of the Korean defence industry, is ready for production shortly. The project, which takes its name from the initials of the words Korean Fighter Experimental, appears to have slowly emerged from the experimental phase. Within the scope of the...
  • Design Process Completed
    Design Process Completed September 26 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...
  • Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles
    Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles September 25 2019
      Japan has failed to track the trajectory of some of North Korea’s new types of short-range missiles according to the Japan Times. The missiles, including some capable of reaching Japan, apparently escaped detection due to their low altitudes and irregular trajectories. Tokyo is said to believe that North Korea is attempting to break through Japan’s existing missile defence network. Japan is considering operating two or more Aegis-equipped destr...
  • Inventory is Growing September 24 2019
    The Philippine Navy (PN) will launch new platforms. PN is scheduled to commission three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.3 fast boats and four KAAV-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles. The MPAC Mk.3 was made by the joint venture of Taiwan’s Lung the Shipbuilding, and Filipino marine company Propmech Corporation, and will be the 4th batch acquired by the PN from the joint venture. It would be armed with the Rafael Spike-ER missiles fired from the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missi...
  • Korea Will Destroy UAVs
    Korea Will Destroy UAVs September 18 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 ...
  • Sector News Issue 77 September 10 2019
    Virtual Staff Officer to Typhoon Cost Efficient Solution Unmanned Helicopter from Korea Unmanned Ground Systems from Europe Partnership from Rheinmetall and MBDA ESSM for Navy Satellite Observation at Agricultural Areas TUSAŞ Agreed with NLR Fifth Boat for DZKK THK to Communicate with ASELSAN Songar, TAF Passenger Akıncı is Coming with the Cooperatio...
  • Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles
    Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles September 7 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would develop missiles banned under the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in response US. The state-run TASS news agency reported that Putin said, "We will make such missiles, of course, but we will not deploy them in the regions where no ground-based missile systems of this class of US manufacture have emerged”. Last month, the US and Russia formally withdrew from the key Cold War-era tr...
  • Torpedoes for Korea
    Torpedoes for Korea August 28 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of 31 MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. ROK has also requested torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • Iran Intimidates with Missiles
    Iran Intimidates with Missiles August 1 2019
    The missile was launched from the southern coast of Iran and landed east of Tehran. It flew about 1,100 kilometres and stayed inside Iran for the entire flight. Shabab-3 is derived from the North Korean No Dong Missiles. Missile launches are not forbidden under the nuclear accord reached between Washington and Tehran, which US President Trump complains about the agreement that he abandoned last year. But a United Nations Security Council resolution, passed just as the agreement was reached, s...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled July 31 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform
    Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform July 22 2019
    Argentina has been approved to supply supersonic FA-50 light attack aircraft from the Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI). According to the news services in the Republic of Korea, KAI will deliver a total of 10 platforms, two in 2020 and eight in 2021. The contract will hold a total of US $ 200 million, including one simulator, and payment is scheduled for ten years. FA-50 Platform is derived from the Lockheed Martin’s F-16 aircraft and it has supersonic capability. Aircraft is combat ...
  • Is the Correct Path Followed to Build a Plane? July 11 2019
    The planners’ decisions about the use of human resources in our country, doesn’t fit the Turkey’s aims in the aerospace thus defence industry. Universities and postgraduate institutions are unfortunately not sufficient to train required people. Our point in this article is not to criticize the existing situation, but to create a suitable atmosphere in our country to create and develop space, aviation and defence industries. Otherwise the aerospace industries won’t go f...
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time July 5 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial
    First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial June 22 2019
      Republic of Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine. The vessel, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, began the trials during the week of 10 June, and these involved mainly tests of the vessel's propulsion systems and steering equipment.  The submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, which is the first of three KSS-3 submarines ordered for the Republic of Korea Navy, has an overall length of 83.5 m, an overall beam of 7.7 m, and a hull draught of 7.62 m...