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  • German-Swedish Partnership Looking for Korean Partner to Develop Missiles
    German-Swedish Partnership Looking for Korean Partner to Develop Missiles 25 November 2020
    Founded with a joint subsidiary of Germany and Sweden, Taurus Systems GmbH wants to develop a new Taurus cruise missile with the Republic of Korea. Christoffer Drevstad, president of Taurus Systems Korea Co., announced that they are working on a new varied of the existing air-to-ground Taurus KEPD 350K missile. Drevstad said they would begin developing the Taurus K-2, which will be smaller in size, with a long range compared to the current KEPD 350. The Taurus K-2 is aimed...
  • Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina
    Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina 20 November 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (KOREA Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft was blocked from London. Israeli media reported that the sale of Israeli planes to Argentina would help break the UK-imposed embargo. Argentina, which announced last year (2019) that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. Su...
  • KAI Plans to Build Transport Aircraft
    KAI Plans to Build Transport Aircraft 13 November 2020
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) wants to add military transport aircraft to its product range. According to a source who spoke to Defense News, KAI wants to get into the military transport plane business because it considers it more profitable. Transport planes require less technology than fighter jets. There are 60 transport planes in the Korean Armed Forces inventory. Platforms include 25-year-old aircraft. They need to be renovated, repaired and repaired. In ...
  • London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina
    London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina 30 October 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft has been challenged from London. Argentina, which announced last year that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Republic of Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. KAI has reportedly written to Argentina's ambassador to Korea, Alfredo Carlos Bascou, regardin...
  • Technology Transfer Offer from London to Korea
    Technology Transfer Offer from London to Korea 28 October 2020
    The UK will offer the Republic of Korea a technology transfer for the LPX-II aircraft carrier project. British naval industry is gearing up to propose technology transfer for the ROK Navy’s LPX-II light aircraft carrier program, as South Korea lacks necessary experience with aircraft carrier design. If Korea accepts the offer of the Babcock shipyard, London will provide technical information support for aircraft carrier design and integration of the F35B. The Babcock...
  • Russian Armata Reference from North Korea
    Russian Armata Reference from North Korea 11 October 2020
    The Korean Workers' Party's 75-year rule in North Korea was celebrated with a military parade on October 10th. North Korea, which has paraded a range of new weapons systems, from intercontinental ballistic missiles to mobile radar systems designed for air defence, has also introduced its main battle tank with new turrets and active protection systems. The new modification of the main battle tanks, developed with local resources shown to the public for the first tim...
  • Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs
    Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs 26 September 2020
    The Philippines wants to inventory UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) general purpose helicopters that the Republic of Korea has taken out of service in July 2020. The Philippine Air Force (Philippine Air Force/PAF) has confirmed plans to meet with the Korean Defence Ministry for 21 Huey transfers. The PAF is expected to send a team to examine helicopters that have been in Korea for nearly 52 years. During the negotiation process with the Korean government, the White House is expected t...
  • Korea to Use Lithium-Ion Batteries in Submarines
    Korea to Use Lithium-Ion Batteries in Submarines 24 September 2020
    The Republic of Korea is in the process of developing a lithium-ion battery for the Jang Bogo-III Class electric submarine. Korea, which announced in October that work will begin on the lithium-ion battery prototype, aims to double the duration of the platforms' underwater stay. Korean submarines already use lead acid batteries. In the first half of 2021, the battery will be in production and Jang Bogo-III class submarines will be delivered in 2026, it said. The Jang Bogo-III Cl...
  • Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland
    Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland 11 September 2020
    The Wilk (Wolf) K2PL main battle tank produced by the Republic of Korea will make an offer to replace soviet-era tanks in the Polish inventory. Hyundai Rotem unveiled the K2PL tank at the MSPO 2020 defence industry fair in Poland. "The official project tender is expected to be announced this year and we will be involved in the process," Korean officials said in a statement. If the K2PL, the Variant of the K2 Black Panther tank designed for Poland, wins the projec...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Payment Delay in KF-X Program
    Payment Delay in KF-X Program 8 September 2020
    A financial problem has emerged in the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project developed with a joint subsidiary of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. Although KF-X is a partner, Indonesia owes hundreds of millions of Dollars, officials said. It was announced that Indonesia would have a delay of $420 million to pay for the project. Indonesia, which agreed to cover 20% of the fifth-generation aircraft program (8.8 trillion Indonesian...
  • North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile
    North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile 6 September 2020
    Satellite imagery of a North Korean shipyard on Friday shows activity suggestive of preparations for a test of a medium-range submarine-launched ballistic missile, The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reported on Friday. The US think-tank said the images it published on its website of North Korea's Sinpo shipyard showed several vessels within a secure boat basin, one of which resembled vessels previously used to tow a submersible test stand barge out to sea....
  • KAI’S Final assembly of prototype unveiled, 3 September 2020
      Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) fighter (KF-X) prototype at the final assembly line presented to the press. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on the 3rd that it will begin final assembly of the Korean fighter (KF-X) prototype at its Sacheon plant in Gyeongnam. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the real Korean fighter aircraft will be visible in the first half of next year. When the prototype is completed, it will be dep...
  • UH-1 Huey Retired
    UH-1 Huey Retired 18 August 2020
    Creating the helicopter air raid concept and introducing the definition of utility helicopter; UH-1 Hueys, which have a special place in aviation lovers with their characteristic sound and iconic appearance, are gradually retiring. The Republic of Korea, one of many Huey users around the world, has phased out UH-1 Iroquoisutility helicopters in its inventory. The platforms, which have been serving there for about 52 years, are retired with a ceremony held on July 31, 2020. It h...
  • Studies Started for Unmanned Tank and Howitzer
    Studies Started for Unmanned Tank and Howitzer 15 August 2020
    Advances in electronics and software reduce the requirement for crews in existing military vehicles. The Republic of Korea, which has a strong army and defence infrastructure due to the northern threat, is starting a study for the unmanned use of K1 main battle tanks and K9 self-propelled howitzers. The final product is planned to be delivered in November 2024, within the scope of the process where the first steps will be taken in next December. In addition to the rem...
  • 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...
  • Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland
    Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland 6 August 2020
    Efforts to share military intelligence between the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have reached the final stage. The issue of "military intelligence sharing" is on the table as part of further development of military and defence industry cooperation between the two countries, according to Officials of the Korean Defence Ministry. The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) is expected to be signed between the two countries if a memorandum is reached. ...
  • Korea's Hybrid Drone to Be Tested in The Military
    Korea's Hybrid Drone to Be Tested in The Military 1 August 2020
    Korean Air will deliver a hybrid drone prototype for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Korea. The UAV, which has internal burn and electric motors, stays in the air for about two hours more than its counterparts, according to the firm's statement. The battery of the platform also functions as a secondary power supply in case the engine malfunctions. Korean Air, which began working for the drone in 2016, did not specify how many platforms it will deliver to the Armed Forces. Th...
  • North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test
    North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test 30 July 2020
    North Korea conducted its first missile test in three months, according to media reports. In July, Pyongyang tested a cruise missile near the Sea of Japan, according to the Republic of Korea. The exact name of the ammunition was not disclosed, but it was said to have fallen to a distance of about 100 kilometres. According to a US source, the test was carried out to improve the missile's performance. North Korea had last conducted a firing test around the Sea of Japan in April. A...
  • Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea
    Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea 28 July 2020
    The Republic of Korea will be able to develop a solid-fuel space rocket, according to a new revision with the United States. In addition to increasing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, Korea opened the door to space rocket production to the private sector and institutes. Therefore, South Korean companies, research institutes and even individuals are technically capable of "developing, producing and possessing" various types of space rock...
  • Germany Halted Korean Howitzer Export
    Germany Halted Korean Howitzer Export 10 July 2020
    Germany stopped one of the export activities of the Republic of Korea, which has a strong defence industry infrastructure. According to the statement of the Republic of Korea, K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer export was caught in one of Germany's defence embargoes. The country's current procurement negotiations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been hampered by Berlin's restriction on defence systems in Abu Dhabi. Within the scope of the agreement between H...
  • KF-X's AESA Radar to be Delivered Next Month
    KF-X's AESA Radar to be Delivered Next Month 6 July 2020
    The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) of the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) project, which Is the main contractor of The Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), will be delivered next month. It has been announced that the AESA radar developed by Hanwha Systems based in the Republic of Korea for KF-X has been completed. According to Korean media reports, the radar was tested in Israel.  Korea is working in partnership with The Elta company, which is based in Israel. Work...
  • Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter
    Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter 21 June 2020
    The visit of the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank to Eskişehir drew attention to the company Coşkunöz operating here. TUSAŞ Motor (TEI) participated in the test of TJ-300 turbojet engine at its facilities. Minister Varank then visited the aviation and defence departments of Coşkunöz. The main fuselage is produced for TAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter.  KAI develops offshore, search and rescue, assault versions of KUH-1. The minister, A total of 6...
  • North Korea and The Republic of Korea Relations Clash
    North Korea and The Republic of Korea Relations Clash 16 June 2020
    North Korea has confirmed that it has detonated its joint liaison office in the Kaesong region on the border with the Republic of Korea in a controlled manner.  After the Korean War, the waters are not calmed along the demilitarized ceasefire line separating the two countries. Tensions between the two countries quickly escalated after activists in the Republic of Korea ballooned and sent leaflets to the North. North Korea announced on June 9 that it would cut all cross-bor...
  • Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System
    Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System 15 June 2020
    Japan is going to postpone it for its ballistic missile defence system. Japan, which wants to procure two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence systems from the United States to deploy it on its shores last year, announced that the plan had been suspended. The country's Defence Minister Taro Kono said the defence systems to be purchased to detect and counter North Korean ballistic missiles have been suspended due to technical problems and lack of budget. Minister Kono said they...
  • KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year
    KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year 11 June 2020
    The final assembly date has been given for the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) project, where The Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is the main contractor. Last week, General Electric (GE) Aviation announced that it had delivered the program's first F414-GE-400K engine in May. An official at KAI said work was underway to complete the final installation of the combat aircraft at the end of this year. The company official said the upper, middle and lower parts of the platform&#...
  • KF-X's First Engine Delivered
    KF-X's First Engine Delivered 5 June 2020
    The first engine was delivered in the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project developed with a joint subsidiary of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. General Electric (GE) Aviation announced that the program has delivered its first F414-GE-400K engine. Ge Aviation is scheduled to deliver 15 engines by 2021 in the KF-X project, which is the main contractor of the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI). A total of 168 aircraft will be produced, 48 o...
  • Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation
    Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation 31 May 2020
    Today's technology has made it possible for fifth-generation aircraft that were almost impossible for the another country approximately 15-20 years ago in the US. The Republic of Korea, which acquired F-35 Lightning IIs from the USA in line with the country's modern battlefield requirements, launched the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project in the same framework. In the process, which continued with the industrial partnership of Indo...
  • Missile Trial of South
    Missile Trial of South 13 May 2020
    The roles have changed this time in the Korean Peninsula, which has come to the fore with ballistic missile test launches. The Republic of Korea announced that it had conducted a ballistic missile test last April. The system, called Hyunmoo-4 and under development, has the longer range and heavier warhead capabilities than its predecessors. Test launch activity was carried out in the Anheung Test Area located on the western coast of the country affiliated to the Defen...
  • Defence Budgets Reduced by Virus
    Defence Budgets Reduced by Virus 17 April 2020
    The Republic of Korea issued a similar statement after Thailand announced last week that it would go to a 10 per cent reduction in its defence budget. The South Korean Finance Ministry has announced plans to direct $733 million from this year’s $40.94 billion defence budget to fund expenses caused by the COVID-19 crisis. "No delay in introduction or deployment of any equipment is expected due to the budget cut," Kim Il-dong, the director-general of the mini...
  • 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...
  • GE to Power Korean New Vessels
    GE to Power Korean New Vessels 16 March 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...
  • Ballistic Missile Trial During Joint Exercise
    Ballistic Missile Trial During Joint Exercise 3 March 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...
  • Short List on MANPADS Tender
    Short List on MANPADS Tender 27 January 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 ...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz 21 January 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 21 January 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 1 January 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 28 December 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 23 December 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...