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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...
  • Norway to Buy Main Battle Tank from Germany or Korea
    Norway to Buy Main Battle Tank from Germany or Korea 19 November 2020
    Norway wants to replace the main battle tanks in its inventory by 2025. Norway purchased 52 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks from the Netherlands in 2001. Of these tanks, only 36 are operational. Parliament examined how the main battle tanks in inventory could be brought to modern standards. After it was announced that modernizing existing tanks was inadequate, it was decided to purchase a new platform. German production Leopard 2 and The Republic of Korea's K2 Black Panther platf...
  • Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan
    Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan 16 November 2020
    Russia will build a maritime logistics and repair centre in Sudan. The Sudanese government will provide Russia with the necessary port infrastructure and space for the base free of charge. Under the agreement signed by the two countries, Russia was allowed to transfer "all kinds of military equipment, ammunition or supplies" needed for the centre from Sudanese ports. Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry in August 2020 reported that Russia w...
  • 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...
  • Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year
    Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year 23 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea's first training ship, built with reduced radar visibility, was delivered to the navy. Delivered two years after its launch, the Hansando training vessel is 142 metres long and can reach more than 12,000 kilometres at a speed of 18 knots. The ship has a capacity of 400 crew, which will be used to training Navy students, and has spacious conference rooms and separate practice rooms. Hansando, where two navy helicopters can be deployed, could be dep...
  • Indonesia "Rejected" USA
    Indonesia "Rejected" USA 21 October 2020
    It came to the fore that the USA offered Indonesia for logistics request of P-8 Poseidon, but Indonesia rejected the offer. According to four senior Indonesian officials, the proposal, which included the US maritime surveillance P-8 Poseidon landing in Indonesia and refuelling, was rejected. Despite the expansionist policy of the United States and China in Southeast Asia, Indonesia favours neutrality in foreign policy and will never be allowed to host foreign forces in their countri...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector
    Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector 18 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul to sign military and defence cooperation agreement. A declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Taran and Turkey's Defence Industries President Prof. İsmail Demir is among the signed documents. A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed. " The memorand...
  • Oruç Reis is returning to duty
    Oruç Reis is returning to duty 13 October 2020
        The first domestic and national research vessel, Oruç Reis Seismic Research Ship, left Antalya Port for its new mission after a month. Turkey, declared a new NAVTEX valid until October 22. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement and said Oruc Reis completely would move in Turkey ‘s continental shelf. Oruç Reis can carry out all kinds of geological, geophysical, hydrographic and oceanographic research, especial...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs
    North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs 11 October 2020
    North Korea held a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Workers Party. The ceremony, which turned into a show of strength in military terms, started in the morning and continued until the late hours of the night. The ceremony held in the capital Pyongyang was marked by the largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) North Korea has ever built. The ICBM was carried on an 11-axle transporter erector launcher (TEL). If the missile becomes...
  • Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles
    Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles 29 September 2020
      The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty-one (51) Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C.  Also includ...
  • 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...
  • Images from Colombia's New Corvette
    Images from Colombia's New Corvette 22 September 2020
    New images have been shared from the Po Hang-class corvette donated by the Republic of Korea to Colombia. The corvette, called Almirante Tono, shows Leonardo twin 40L70 mm cannons being replaced with two M61A1 Sea Vulcans. Korea carried out adaptation, repair and maintenance work before delivering the platform to Colombia. The ship will move to Colombia at the end of this month (September 2020) and will be deployed to the Caribbean for maritime control and narcotics operations. ...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette
    Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette 17 September 2020
    Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Defence (Millî Savunma Bakanlığı/ MSB) announced the completion of the repair of the BNS BIJOY corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy damaged by the explosion in Beirut. For repair of the BNS Bijoy corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy, which was heavily damaged in a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4th, Turkey had commissioned the offshore tug to bring the A-590 TCG Inebolu to Aksaz by taking the pl...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle
    Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle 14 September 2020
    Hungary will become the first customer of Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Hungary will buy 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles and pay more than $2 billion. Rheinmetall’s U.S. $2.4 billion contract with the Hungarian government, signed in Budapest, is for 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles, nine Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, as well as spares and simulators, the company wrote in a statement. The Lynx vehicles will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s manned Lance 30mm tur...
  • 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...
  • Kushner: Saudi Arabia Opens Its Airspace Flights from Israel
    Kushner: Saudi Arabia Opens Its Airspace Flights from Israel 10 September 2020
      Saudi Arabia agreed to open its airspace, not just to flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but to all eastward travel, US President Donald Trump’s adviser says Jared Kushner. Kushner briefed the press on Wednesday ahead of the September 15 signing ceremony between Israel and the UAE. Addressing the decision of Saudi Arabia to open its airspace, Kushner said: “That will save people a lot of time and knock down a barrier that’s been up for 72 y...
  • 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....
  • US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy
    US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy 3 September 2020
      According to the US Department of Defence (DoD) the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has the largest navy in the world, surpassing the US Navy. DOD has released its ‘2020 China Military Power Report’. The report is submitted to Congress annually. The Pentagon said: “The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants. “In ...
  • Antonov completes final assembly of the AN-178 aircraft destined for Peru
    Antonov completes final assembly of the AN-178 aircraft destined for Peru 29 August 2020
      Antonov Company has completed the assembly of the AN-178 fuselage template for delivery under the contract between the Spetstechnoexport Company and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Peru. On August 21, the aircraft (serial number 006) was introduced to the Ukrainian media by Oleksandr Los, president of the Antonov Company. He spoke about the results achieved in the construction of the AN-178 and expressed thanks to Antonov's team for these highly ...
  • The First Post-Pandemic Expo from Ukraine 27 August 2020
    Ukraine organises Arms and Security Fair annually in Kyiv. A second fair is organized in a separate hall. This year, the 17th Arms and Security will take place and the 12th the International Aviation and Space Hall (AVIASVIT) will take place. While no face-to-face fair has been held since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ukrainian officials will continue their work in this area until the last moment. We interviewed Ivan Tkachenko, Deputy General Manager of the International Exhibition Cent...
  • 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...
  • Super Tucano Replacement for L-39
    Super Tucano Replacement for L-39 17 August 2020
    Ukraine, which reshaping and modernizing armed forces to increase capabilities, is planning to replace its jet trainers. The Ukrainian Air Force announced that it is evaluating the future of L-39 aircraft. The Kiev government, which has been searching for a platform that will replace the platforms that have served the country for many years, visited Brazil last year and had the opportunity to examine EMB-314 Super Tucano there. Platforms, which can perform both combat and ...
  • 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's Era of Innovation in the Defence Sector
    Korea's Era of Innovation in the Defence Sector 11 August 2020
    The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Korea has announced it will add advanced submarines that could carry more ballistic missiles over the next five years in order to increase its defence capabilities. "We are considering building 3,600 and 4,000 tons of submarines, which will be much more advanced than the submarines currently in operation," the ministry official said, referring to the 3,000-ton Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarines built locally.  The c...
  • 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. ...
  • Republic of Korea Retests New Ballistic Missile
    Republic of Korea Retests New Ballistic Missile 6 August 2020
    Seoul has retested its development-phase ballistic missile, known as the Hyunmoo-4, according to Officials of the Republic of Korea. Media reports said Korea first tested the missile on March 24, but the news of the test was not made public until May 6. The United States and the Republic of Korea revised the ballistic missile development agreement in July. After this development, Seoul retested the Hyunmoo-4. Capable of reaching a range of 800 km, Hyunmoo 4 has t...
  • Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries
    Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries 5 August 2020
    Russia wants to establish a military base in six African countries: Egypt, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sudan, German newspaper Bild reported.  Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry showed that Russia has reached a military cooperation agreement with 21 African countries since 2015. The documents said Russia sometimes trains the security forces of countries where it makes formal and sometimes secret agreements. It was also...
  • 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...
  • T-64 Modernization
    T-64 Modernization 30 July 2020
    The main battle tanks that were produced during the Cold War years have reached the end of their economic life. User countries are launching programs one after the other to upgrade the systems in question in line with their requirements. Uzbekistan, which has some T-64 main battle tanks in its inventory, has taken action for the modernization of the platforms. State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the Defence Industry announced that the army trials of the first prototype...
  • 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...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry
    Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry 17 July 2020
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, hosted Kerem Mustafayev, Army Commander of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, and Ramiz Tahirov, Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander of the Air Force of Azerbaijan. "Our defence industry is always at the disposal of Azerbaijan with all its experience, technology and capabilities, from our armed drones to our munitions and missiles, electronic warfare systems," Prof. Dr. Demir said of the meeting, in which cooperat...