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Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific
The planned arrival of amphibious support ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in the Pacific Ocean introduces a new capability for amphibious support ships carrying the F-35B fifth-generation stealth fighters without relying on large aircraft carriers. Apart from the American LHD, both Japan and South Korea are interested in the new potential mating STOVL fighters with flat-deck helicopter carriers. Both countries already acquired the conventional take-off variant (F-35A), and consider operating the Short Take-Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) B version from ships.
Korean Threat Driving Missile Defense Buildup Across the Far East
Racing to the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Pyongyang's long-range missile activity means bad news for Japan and South Korea, since the medium and intermediate range missiles developed by the rough nation could target even well-defended targets in the Western Pacific, including Japan, South Korea and US bases in the region. This review outlines some of the measures taken by countries in the region, to bolster their missile defense capabilities.
South Korea Extends Hyunmoo-2 Ballistic Missile Range
South Korea has successfully test-launched a new version of Hyunmoo-2B ballistic missile with its flight range extended from 500 to 800 km. This range enables the missile to reach anywhere in North Korea, defense sources in South Korea said.
An Israeli Radar to Guide an Asian Mobile Laser Weapon
RADA Electronic Industries announced today its RPS-42 radar system has been selected by a country in the Far East to be used in the...
Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.2 Billion to Upgrade the South Korean F-16...
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics a contract worth over US$1.2 Billion for the upgrading of 134 South Korean F-16 fighters. The contract for the ROKAF upgrade is a foreign military sales contract issued by the U.S. Air Force.
Seoul Insists Korean-Bound THAAD Remain Independent of Regional Defenses
After approving the deployment of a THAAD battery in South Korea, Seoul insists the system will operate independently of the U.S. regional missile defense, which consists of additional land and sea-based command elements, radars and interceptors.
Lockheed Martin To Offer Korean ‘Golden Eagle’ for USAF Advanced Future...
Lockheed Martin announced today that it will offer the T-50A in the U.S. Air Force's T-X Advanced Pilot Training (APT). The T-50A is the US designation reserved for the Korean T-50 Golden Eagle. The US Air Force plans to acquire 350 advanced trainers, to replace the +50 year old T-38 Talon in service.
US THAAD to deploy to South Korea in crisis sitatuon
The US Army has allocated its Continental-US (CONUS) Based THAAD to deploy to South Korea on emergency situations, a South Korean military source confirmed Sunday.
Korean defense favors its own missile defense, over US THAAD
South Korea defense ministry reaffirmed today its long-held stance of not purchasing an advanced missile-defense battery from the United States amid growing calls from its ruling party lawmakers to introduce it to better guard against North Korea's missiles.
Korea to bolster its land forces with 100 new Black Panther...
The Korean automotive industrial giant Hyundai Rotem Co. has signed a contract worth US$820.29 million (901.5 billion won) with the Korean Defense Acquisition and Procurement Agency (DAPA) to deliver the first 100 'Black Panther' K2 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) to the South Korean Army.
South Korea set to restart F-16 Upgrade with OEM
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said the planned switch from BAE Systems to Lockheed Martin is expected for next year, following the submission of the issue to the defense projects committee.
Seoul is buying US and Israeli drones
Seoul plans to spend 40 billion won (US$36.5 million) buying three Heron I MALE drones from Israel. The drones will support the frontline corps along the northwestern border with North Korea
Seoul increase 2015 defense budget by 4.9 percent
South Korea has finalized its 2015 defense budget that calls for total spending of 37.4 trillion won (equivalent to US$33.6 billion) a 4.9 percent increase from 2014. "The increase will improve the welfare of servicemen and enhance combat capabilities" The Korean defense ministry said.
South Korea cancels BAE Systems’ KF-16 modernization contract
The Government of the Republic of Korea officially requested yesterday to cancel the KF-16 upgrading contract with BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Service of the USA. The contract worth $138 million was the lead part in a longer upgrading program covering the modernization of 134 Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16s. The contract was managed by the US Air Force under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement.