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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • US and Republic of Korea Alliance May Break
    US and Republic of Korea Alliance May Break 20 April 2020
    COVID-19, which causes the global crisis, is also causing inter-country relations to change. There is also movement in defence budgets during this period, which has been through an economically challenging process, with the decline in oil prices, factories taking a break from production and increasing number of infected cases. The two countries, the United States and the Republic of Korea, who are uncomfortable with North Korea's missile tests, could disrupt their alliance. Seou...
  • 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 20 March 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...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy 12 November 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...
  • TUSAS Press Release 16 October 2019
    Turkish Aerospace participates in Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition first time, between 15-20 October 2019. On the occasion of the exhibition, Turkish Aerospace will display its products to the participants of defense industry over the world. Turkish Aerospace with its globally known products is expected to be focus of interest especially with ANKA Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, T129 ATAK Multirole Combat Helicopter and T625 GÖKBEY Multirole Helicopter.
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger 10 August 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...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled 31 July 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...
  • RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus
    RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus 1 April 2019
    Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 28 March that the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) had received the second of four A330-200 MRTTs, which are known as KC-330 Cygnus in RoKAF service. This is the second of four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered in 2015, the in Seoul announced on 28 March. The aircraft will undergo further checks and is expected to be operational by April or ...
  • 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...
  • Big Increase in Budget
    Big Increase in Budget 14 January 2019
        The Republic of Korea has decided to increase its defence budget. Seoul management aims to strengthen the defence infrastructure.   The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Korea announced the defence budget planned for the period 2019-2023. According to the budget, a total of 270.7 trillion Won (241.9 billion USD) is planned to be spent in the defence area. It is aimed that under the plan the defence budget, which was around 4.9% o...
  • T-50 Delivery to Iraq
    T-50 Delivery to Iraq 9 March 2018
    Iraq received a batch of two T-50 aircraft from the Republic of Korea on Wednesday as part of an agreement signed by Baghdad and Seoul in 2013. The $1,1 billion agreement covers 24 T-50 Golden Eagle fighter jets.  Iraqi Defense Ministry announced that the two-jet batch arrived at Martyr Mohammed Alaa airbase in Baghdad. The Ministry added that  “a team of Iraqi pilots received training in South Korea and they are ready now to operate the T-50...
  • Korea Republic is said to buy another 20 F-35As
    Korea Republic is said to buy another 20 F-35As 23 December 2017
    Korea Republic Daily “Joongang Ilbo” claims that Seoul is preparing to place another order for 20 F-35As.According to Daily,  country’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration is said to have started the administrative process. In 2014, The country formally announced their plan to buy 40 F-35As.
  • Seoul: Under Crossfire in Asia…
    Seoul: Under Crossfire in Asia… 11 December 2017
    On November 9, Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in launched the “New Southern Policy,” with the intention of deepening relations with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. Already a member of the ASEAN + 3 platform since 1997 together with Japan and China, Seoul seeks to raise relations with Southeast Asia to an equivalent level of its relations with the United States, China, Japan and Russia.  Seul’s new initiative in its ...
  • Submarine Move by Korea
    Submarine Move by Korea 13 November 2017
    The Republic of Korea and the US reached an agreement during their summit in Seoul regarding acquisition and development of cutting-edge weapons that would include nuclear-powered submarines and surveillance assets.  Reportedly, The Republic of Korea tends to purchase second-hand nuclear-powered submarines instead of building a new one.
  • Chinook Agreement at ADEX
    Chinook Agreement at ADEX 20 October 2017
    The Republic of Korea's Korean Air Lines company announced on Thursday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boeing to develop technology upgrade for CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Both the Republic of Korean Army and Air Force use Chinook helicopters for Search & Rescue (SAR) and transportation of artillery and troops.  The MoU for the partnership was signed at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2017.&...
  • Tokyo, Red Hot
    Tokyo, Red Hot 29 August 2017
    North Korea has launched another ballistic missile early Tuesday that flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea. The Japanese prime minister denounced the launch as an “unprecedented and grave threat” to the country’s security. Tokyo warned citizens in the north of the country to take shelter. The missile, thought to be a new intermediate-range Hwasong-12, flew over Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific, South Korean and Japanese officials said....
  • Korea Is Set To Begin Mass Production
    Korea Is Set To Begin Mass Production 20 June 2017
    The Republic of Korea plans to begin mass production of Cheongung medium-range surface-to-air missile interceptor system, according to local media sources. All testing and evaluations of the M-SAM have been reportedly completed, and it now awaits a final process next month to determine its suitability for intended combat missions.  Seoul aims to deploy the indigenous Cheongung between 2018 and 2019. The system, designed to take down targets flying at an altitude ...
  • 51st Issue Sector News
    51st Issue Sector News 1 June 2017
    Raytheon Confident in Korea Fincantieri Anchors in France Seoul Relies on Rolls-Royce Heron Outstretches to the Sea Laser Move by ASELSAN Investment; Sought and Found
  • THAAD Become Operational
    THAAD Become Operational 3 May 2017
    The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) has become operational in South Korea, deployed under last year's agreement between Washington and Seoul. The confirmation by US and South Korea came on Monday, stating that the system now has “initial intercept capability”. Tensions have been escalating in the region in recent months over concerns of North Korea's nuclear missile tests. Despite China’s criticism on the decision showing the reason that the sys...
  • Seoul, New Delhi To Cooperate in Shipbuilding
    Seoul, New Delhi To Cooperate in Shipbuilding 27 April 2017
    India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea regarding defence industry cooperation in shipbuilding on 21 April. The five-year MoU is part of the overall 'Special Strategic Partnership' between the two countries and will likely to include construction AIP submarines for the Indian Navy. The salient points of the MoU are as follows; The two sides will recommend the organisations for collaborating in the implementation of speci...
  • Failure Claim by Korea
    Failure Claim by Korea 22 March 2017
    The Republic of Korea claimed that a North Korean missile test carried out on Wednesday was failed. The US Pacific Command confirmed Seoul's claims by stating that a North Korean missile launch attempt in the vicinity of Kalma was detected and assessed to be a failure as the missile appeared to have exploded within seconds of launch. The Republic of Korean Defence Ministry did not identify the type of missile used in the test.
  • 'Gray Eagle' Assigned to Asia-Pasific
    'Gray Eagle' Assigned to Asia-Pasific 13 March 2017
    The US Army is to deploy its General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to its military base in Gunsan, a city 274 kilometers south of Seoul, to enhance its strike capabilities against North Korea. Capable of carrying four Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and four GBU-44/B Viper Strike glide bombs, medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) Gray Eagle has an endurance of 25 hours, a maximum speed of 167 knots and is ab...
  • Howitzer Support by South to North 18 February 2017
    Finland Ministry of Defence confirmed on Friday the acquisition of South Korean self-propelled howitzers. 48 K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers formerly belonged to Seoul’s army has been provided under a $155 million contract. Deliveries are scheduled to complete in 2024, covering all 48 systems. New howitzers will repllace Finnish Army's Soviet-era artillery systems. 
  • Korean Marines soon to be armed with the LOGIR
    Korean Marines soon to be armed with the LOGIR 2 January 2017
    Republic of Korea’s Marine Corps will soon be replacing its 90 mm coastal defence guns with the Low-Cost Guided Imaging Rocket (LOGIR) The LOGIR is an US Office of Naval Research (ONR) project to fit a imaging infrared seeker to the Hydra 70 2.75 inch rocket with participation from Republic of Korea. It transitioned as the weapon used in the Medusa Joint Capability Technology Demonstration with Korea. The program provided a precision guided 2.75 inch (70 mm) rocket for use with existing...
  • North Korea threatens action over US anti-missile system
    North Korea threatens action over US anti-missile system 11 July 2016
    North Korea threatened Monday to take “physical action” after Washington and Seoul announced they would deploy a sophisticated US anti-missile defence system to counter the growing menace from Pyongyang. Seoul and Washington on Friday revealed their decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in the South following recent North Korean missile and nuclear tests. The two allies have not yet revealed exactly when and where the system,...
  • US hopes to complete anti-missile deal with republic of Korea 28 June 2016
    The United States wants to wrap up discussions with Republic of Korea on the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) missile defence system, the Pentagon said Friday, two days after North Korea’s latest missile tests. Seoul and Washington have for weeks been in talks about deploying the system in Korea to protect against the potential threat from Pyongyang. North Korea tested two Musudan medium-range missiles just hours apart on Wednesday. Korea has had rese...
  • Pyongyang threatens Seoul for retaliation 28 May 2016
    North Korea threatened Republic of Korea of "merciless retaliatory strikes" in the aftermath of warning shots from the Korean navy against two North Korean boats near the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea. The North now will open fire without warning against any Korean boat that penetrate "even 0.001 millimetre of that" in the disputed border area, said the General Staff of the Korean People's Army in a statement relayed by the official agency KCNA. A Republic...
  • 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...