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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  Militarov on Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:29 am

    "South Korea plans to develop stealth unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to counter North Korea's long-range artillery and mobile missile systems, the country's military said Sunday. The development program is part of 31 research projects scheduled to be conducted by the end of next year, Korean officials said. The stealth UAVs, if developed, will be tasked with monitoring and destroying the North's mobile missile systems and long-range artillery. The stealth UAVs will fly at higher altitude than North Korea's aerial defense systems are capable of targeting and attack the North's long-range missiles and mobile missile systems, including 240mm multiple rocket launchers and 170mm self-propelled guns. The targets also include Scud, Rodong and Musudan missiles.

    "For large targets such as long-range missiles, the UAV will be able to hit them directly," an official said. "To target smaller objects, the UAV will identify the targets and strike them with several submunition rounds." By next year, the military will work on analyzing UAV models and setting up ideas for operating systems. After that, they will begin applied research, which is scheduled to be concluded by the end of 2019. The official said that the South Korean Agency for Defense Development will spend 380 million won ($327,000) on the initial part of the development. Once the initial research phase is over, applied research will be conducted from 2017 to 2019.



    Korea also plans to look into the possibility of developing a drone to detect unauthorized personnel around military facilities with built-in high performance video cameras, as another research project, the official said. The defense ministry will work together with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to develop these drones. The South is increasingly using drones to monitor the North's military. Last month, the military said it will develop drones for operations inside the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone. When the unmanned search vehicles are deployed, they will aid highly dangerous search and reconnaissance operations undertaken by border military units."


    Source: http://www.armyrecognition.com/december_2015_global_defense_security_news_uk/south_korea_will_develop_new_uav_to_counter_north_korea_s_artillery_and_missile_systems_20712151.html

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  Militarov on Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:26 pm

    "K912 Wrecker vehicle was developed for the operation of modern rescue equipment that has enhanced rescue capabilities for resolving issues resulting from excess of operational limits of 5-ton rescue vehicle.

    Used for tracking and hauling vehicles, removing/installing power packs from/on tanks and self-propelling artillery, and for the recovery and servicing of large and heavy materials.



    Features:

    - 450-HP diesel engineMounting commercial high-efficiency and high-horsepower engines onto vehicles for tracking capability, cold starting, and electromagnetic wave shielding adequate for military applications

    - Automatic transmissionImproves the convenience of operating the vehicle, and prevents the engine from shutting down and the vehicle from slipping when it is started on a slope.

    - All wheel drive (AWD, 8×8)The all wheel drive function is applied for improving tracking and hauling power, steering capability and stability, and off-road driving power.

    - Full air braking system and ABS Applying a full-air braking system to the vehicle for reducing the force required for pressing the pedal, and ensuring precise braking force.

    - Applying ABS for keeping the braking force and steering capability intact and securing vehicle stability on an uneven surface.

    - SteeringSingle- and double-axle steering for short rotation radius

    - CabinThis cap-over cabin provides improved legibility compared with bonnet-type, and cap-tilting function increases serviceability.

    - Applying specifications of commercial vehicles enhances convenience of driving vehicle

    - Instruments and switchesCommercial vehicle instruments for improved legibility, and switches ergonomically arranged for enhanced operability
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    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/k912-wrecker-of-the-republic-of-korea-army.html

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  Militarov on Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:02 pm

    "The South Korean Air Force F-16 crashed during a training flight, obviously due to a technical malfunction. Both pilots ejected safely. Yonhap reported that a South Korean F-16 fighter jet crashed during a drill on Wednesday, but the two pilots safely ejected from the stricken plane, the Air Force said. The cause of the crash in Cheongsong, 322 kilometers southeast of Seoul, was not immediately known."



    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/south-korean-air-force-f-16-crashed-during-a-training-flight.html

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  Militarov on Fri May 20, 2016 4:59 pm

    "KAI refer to this unmanned craft as a “suicide combat unmanned air vehicle”. The purpose of the vehicle is to travel long range to a target area, loiter until commanded by the operator and then fly into the designated target and detonate. Same sort of idea as the Switchblade. Devil Killer is launched from a canister before deploying popout wings and tail surfaces. Two electric ducted fan motors either side of the rear body power the vehicle.

    Devil Killer can be programmed for automatic strikes or manual control and if it can’t acquire its primary target, it can be redirected to another mission. It is expected to be deployed by 2016."





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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  max steel on Tue May 31, 2016 9:47 pm

    South Korea will develop its own type of SLBM

    The South Korean Military is developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), a high-ranking military official said.

    “On the 3,000-ton Jangbogo-III submarine, which is currently under production, we are installing a vertical launching pad,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. SLBMs are fired undersea and are therefore difficult to detect by radar. He added, “The installation of a vertical launching pad indicates that the SLBM is already under development.” The official also went on to say that the SLBM is being developed under the aegis of the Agency of Defense Development and is expected to be completed by 2020.

    The South Korean Navy’s arsenal currently includes the submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM). However, as North Korea’s endeavor to develop SLBM technology has almost reached completion, the need within the South Korean military to initiate a response has become urgent.

    “Although the SLBM may lack the accuracy of the SLCM, which is equipped with a guidance system, its velocity and destructive capability are significantly greater,” said Kim Hyeok-soo, first commander of a submarine flotilla and now-retired rear admiral. “The deployment of the speedy and stealthy SLMB will allow the South Korean Navy to deliver a blow to North Korea before the situation even escalates to emergency levels.”

    Another official said, “The military has already deployed surface-to-air missiles that use cold-launching mechanisms - a technology used by the SLBM, in which the engine fires after the missile reaches a certain altitude. We are trying to apply that mechanism so that the missiles can be fired underwater.”

    “North Korea, however, is applying the technology of the Russian surface-to-air missile, the S300, to its SLBMs,” Lee Choon-geun, senior researcher at Korean Institue of Science and Technology, said. “As far as I know, South Korea uses more stable technology by taking the S400 that was obtained from Russia as a repayment of its debt to South Korea.” Question

    The S400 is a technologically superior missile with embedded cold-launching technology.

    If the development of SLBMs finishes as scheduled, South Korean military authorities plan to equip the Jangbogo-III submarine with SLBMs, as this submarine which will have been turned over to the Navy by 2020.

    Meanwhile, military authorities have decided to upgrade the second version of the Jangbogo-III submarine from 3,000 tons to 3,400 tons.

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  Militarov on Tue May 31, 2016 10:21 pm

    max steel wrote:South Korea will develop its own type of SLBM

    The South Korean Military is developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), a high-ranking military official said.

    “On the 3,000-ton Jangbogo-III submarine, which is currently under production, we are installing a vertical launching pad,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. SLBMs are fired undersea and are therefore difficult to detect by radar. He added, “The installation of a vertical launching pad indicates that the SLBM is already under development.” The official also went on to say that the SLBM is being developed under the aegis of the Agency of Defense Development and is expected to be completed by 2020.

    The South Korean Navy’s arsenal currently includes the submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM). However, as North Korea’s endeavor to develop SLBM technology has almost reached completion, the need within the South Korean military to initiate a response has become urgent.

    “Although the SLBM may lack the accuracy of the SLCM, which is equipped with a guidance system, its velocity and destructive capability are significantly greater,” said Kim Hyeok-soo, first commander of a submarine flotilla and now-retired rear admiral. “The deployment of the speedy and stealthy SLMB will allow the South Korean Navy to deliver a blow to North Korea before the situation even escalates to emergency levels.”

    Another official said, “The military has already deployed surface-to-air missiles that use cold-launching mechanisms - a technology used by the SLBM, in which the engine fires after the missile reaches a certain altitude. We are trying to apply that mechanism so that the missiles can be fired underwater.”

    “North Korea, however, is applying the technology of the Russian surface-to-air missile, the S300, to its SLBMs,” Lee Choon-geun, senior researcher at Korean Institue of Science and Technology, said. “As far as I know, South Korea uses more stable technology by taking the S400 that was obtained from Russia as a repayment of its debt to South Korea.”  Question

    The S400 is a technologically superior missile with embedded cold-launching technology.

    If the development of SLBMs finishes as scheduled, South Korean military authorities plan to equip the Jangbogo-III submarine with SLBMs, as this submarine which will have been turned over to the Navy by 2020.

    Meanwhile, military authorities have decided to upgrade the second version of the Jangbogo-III submarine from 3,000 tons to 3,400 tons.

    South Korea never got S400, they were aided by Almaz Antey to develop Cheolmae-2/Cheolmae 4-H Air defence systems that borrowed some of the solutions from S400.

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  Militarov on Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:50 pm

    "The Korean army plans to deploy 600 wheeled K806 and K808 armored vehicles from 2016 until 2020. These will replace tracked armored vehicles in the rapid deployment and internal security roles.

    The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA)’s wheeled armored vehicle project, undertaken by defense maker Hyundai Rotem since 2012, has been successfully completed, DAPA said in a statement. It said the locally built vehicle passed its final qualification test on May 9.

    The project was aimed at improving the mobility, survivability and hitting power of front line and rear echelon infantry troops as their mission areas have expanded the military’s reorganization plan, the agency noted.

    Two armored combat vehicles, the K808 and K806, were developed as part of the project. The K808 is designed for speedy troop deployment and reconnaissance missions in front line areas, including mountainous regions, while the K806 is intended for use in mobile strike and reconnaissance missions in the rear.

    In the past, South Korean infantry units had relatively restricted areas of operations because they did not have a sufficient number of all-terrain armored vehicles. This shortage also exposed them to attack from the North when on the move, according to the statement.

    “The new wheeled armored vehicles, equipped with cutting-edge technologies, can move swiftly on the ground as well as cross water obstacles, carry heavy firepower and protect the troops inside from enemy machine gun attacks that will enormously increase infantry units’ operability,” the statement also said.



    The new vehicles could later be adapted to carry 30 millimeter anti-aircraft guns and be used as wheeled combat command centers, DAPA pointed out. The agency said the new armored vehicles may find an export market, since they enjoy a price advantage and are more capable vehicles overall than those currently on the market.

    “The success of the project has allowed the military to field a new weapon system that could carry out various operations in city and rear areas and meet the challenges of future battlefields like United Nations peacekeeping missions,” Park Jin, a DAPA official in charge of combat vehicles, said. “This will dramatically contribute to boosting our military’s strength.”


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/army/south-korean-army-will-deploy-600-new-wheeled-armored-vehicles.html

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  Militarov on Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:26 am

    "A South Korean KF-16D crashed on Mar. 30 during an exercise and it has now been determined that a defective component on the engine was the cause. It was discovered that the engine casing came apart while in flight. The defect was traced back to the time it was manufactured. A hot tear had formed during the manufacturing process and the crack propagated over time."

    Source: http://alert5.com/2016/06/11/defective-engine-behind-rokaf-f-16d-crash/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:08 pm

    South Korea receives first batch of AW159 anti-submarine helicopters

    South Korea has received its four AW159 naval helicopters after initial delays.The South Korean navy is now expected to operationalise the aircraft from mid-2017.

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:52 pm

    S-400 technology helps Seoul blunt Pyongyang threat


    Advanced missile technology that went into Russia's deadly S-400 Triumf missile defense system is powering the South Korean ballistic and air defense missile programs.

    Partly in response to North Korea's deployment of nuclear missiles and submarines, Seoul has beefed up its armaments industry with generous doses of Russian technology. Among the most critical projects are a submarine-launched ballistic missile and the M-SAM Cheolmae-2 medium- to long-range surface-to-air missile.

    South Korea hopes to one-up the North, which is applying the technology of the Russian S-300 missile to its SLBMs. According to Lee Choon-geun, senior researcher at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea "uses more stable technology" from the S-400, which is a generation ahead of the S-300.

    The S-400 is a highly advanced missile with embedded cold-launching technology. Cold-launched missiles are critical for South Korea's brand new 3000-ton Jangbogo-III submarine. During a cold launch, the rocket engine fires after the missile reaches a certain altitude. This mechanism allows ballistic missiles to be fired from under water, thereby making it possible for the submarine to remain submerged. A high-ranking military official told Korea Joongang Daily the development of the new SLBM is expected to be completed by 2020.

    The Daily reports the South Korean Navy's arsenal currently includes the submarine-launched cruise missile. However, as North Korea's efforts to develop SLBM technology have almost reached completion, the need within the South Korean military to initiate a response has become urgent.

    "Although the SLBM may lack the accuracy of the SLCM, which is equipped with a guidance system, its velocity and destructive capability are significantly greater," says Kim Hyeok-soo, former rear admiral and the first commander of a South Korean submarine flotilla. "The deployment of the speedy and stealthy SLBM will allow the South Korean Navy to deliver a blow to North Korea before the situation even escalates to emergency levels."

    Air defense of the South

    Meanwhile, the M-SAM is being jointly developed by Samsung Group and French electronics defense contractor Thales Group. Richard Weitz, director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute, writes: "The M-SAM will use S-400 missile technology provided from the Almaz Antey Joint Stock Co., including proprietary information from the S-400's multifunction X-band radar. LG Corp.'s missiles' guidance systems are expected to also use Russian design elements."

    The M-SAM Cheolmae-2 is designed to engage both ballistic missiles and aircraft. If the South Koreans are able to achieve anything close to Russia's S-400, they will have a fearsome weapon with which to take on the North's armory of ballistic missiles.

    The S-400 has a tracking range of 600 km and the ability to hit targets 400 km away at a blistering speed of 17,000 km an hour – faster than any existing aircraft. First deployed by Russia in 2010, each S-400 battalion has eight launchers, a control center, radar and 16 missiles available as reloads.

    "Given its extremely long range and effective electronic warfare capabilities, the S-400 is a game-changing system that challenges current military capabilities at the operational level of war," Paul Giarra, president, Global Strategies and Transformation, told Defense News.

    According to Air Power Australia, "The S-300P/S-400 family of surface-to-air missile systems is without doubt the most capable SAM system in widespread use in the Asia Pacific region." It adds: "While the S-300P/S-400 series is often labeled 'Russia's Patriot,' the system in many key respects is more capable than the U.S. Patriot series, and in later variants offers mobility performance and thus survivability much better than that of the Patriot."

    For decades, South Koreans have lived in fear of North Korea's missile threats. The new generation missiles will finally allow South Korea to close that window of vulnerability.

    Changing Russia-South Korea defense partnership


    As a key U.S. ally and loyal customer of American weapons, South Korea is an unlikely buyer of Russian weapons. In fact, Seoul's defense trade with Moscow grew in an unlikely way. In 1991, after the Cold War ended, South Korea extended $1 billion in cash loans and a $470 million commodities loan as a reward for Moscow's recognition of South Korea. However, the Soviet Union went under the same year.

    Unable to repay the loans in cash, Russia began supplying what it had in plenty – military equipment such as T-90 tanks, infantry combat vehicles and helicopters. The first two arms-for-debt deals – all known as Brown Bear – were inked in 1995 and 2003.

    However, Seoul did not want to keep importing ready-made weapons platforms, even if the South Korean military was thrilled with the high-octane Russian military gear. There were two reasons for this. One, since Seoul is closely integrated with America's military ecosystem, Russian weapons are not easily integrated. This is, of course, an old American ploy to edge out rivals and increase the market share for its own weapons. At any rate, the South Koreans decided to stop wholesale purchases of Russian weapons.

    Secondly, the South Koreans became more ambitious. They wanted to build a world class military industrial complex in step with their dominance in a number of commercial sectors. The government's Defense Reform 2020 initiative is aimed at developing the country's indigenous capabilities via defense R&D. The transfer of cutting-edge S-400 technology is part of this plan.

    Seung-Ho Joo and Tae-Hwan Kwak write in their book Korea in the 21st Century: "South Korea may find economic benefits in military cooperation with Russia. Seoul and Moscow can jointly develop advanced technology and high-tech weapons and sell them in the world market. The relationship between the two countries may be mutually complementary: Russia has two advantages in basic sciences and advanced technologies, while South Korea has strengths in marketing skills and capital."

    The S-400 isn't cheap – it costs around $500 million per battalion. That's why only countries with deep pockets like China and India (which is negotiating a deal) will be fielding this weapon. But to the credit of the South Koreans, they beat both the Chinese and the Indians to this prized weapon by more than a decade.

    Flip side of tech transfers

    To be sure, Russia could face some hiccups over the transfer of such leading edge weapons. South Korea's close alliance with the United States means there is a chance of sensitive Russian technology ending up in America's hands. One of the reasons Russia is not unduly worry about U.S. stealth fighters such as the F-22 and F-25 is that the Russian air defense system is considered impregnable to these aircraft. The S-400 is one of those wonder weapons in the Russian arsenal that have neutralized the threat from fifth-generation fighters.

    However, if South Korea passes on the secrets of the S-400 to the United States, it would compromise Russian – and Chinese – air defense to some extent. For instance, the 1976 flight of a Soviet defector in the top secret MiG-25 fighter forced Russia to produce new radar and missile systems for the aircraft at considerable cost.

    Secondly, if South Korea integrates the S-400-based M-SAM into the American missile defense system, Russia could potentially have to face off its own missiles in any future conflict with the United States.

    But with the next generation S-500 missiles coming online, Russia will not lose too much sleep over any potential leak of secrets. For, once you export something, it's a given that your competitors will get their hands on it sooner or later.

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  max steel on Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:42 pm

    DSME starts work on South Korea's second KSS-III submarine


    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the country's second KSS-III submarine, a company official told IHS Jane's on 4 July.

    The ceremony was held at DSME's Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island, south of Busan, on 1 July. The company launched the programme's first-of-class in May 2016.

    DSME bagged a contract to build the first two 3,000-tonne KSS-III submarines for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in late 2012. The platform will be the largest submarines in South Korea's fleet once it becomes operational around the 2020 time period.

    According to specifications provided by DSME, the indigenously developed platform features an overall length of about 83.5 m, an overall breadth of 7.7 m, and a height of 14.7 m.

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  max steel on Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:05 am

    South Korea launches first PKX-B missile craft



    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has launched the country's first 'B' variant of the Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX) fast attack craft.

    The vessel, which has been referred to by South Korean media as the patrol boat killer medium, rocket (PKMR) platform, was launched on 28 July at HHIC's facilities in Busan and has been given the pennant number 211.

    Citing industry sources, IHS Jane's reported in July 2015 that the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is acquiring an initial batch of 16 PKX-B vessels.

    The 210-tonne platform has an overall length of 44 m, an overall beam of 7 m, and can accommodate a crew of 20. The vessel has been designed by HHIC under a contract awarded by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) but it is unclear if the shipbuilder will construct all 16 hulls.

    The PKX-B is powered by General Electric's 6,000 shp LM 500 gas-turbine engines and Caterpillar Marine's Cat C32 diesel engines in a combined diesel and gas turbine (CODAG) configuration. The vessel is propelled by waterjets and has a top speed of 40 kt.

    Besides an aft-mounted, 12-barrelled multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) for 130 mm rockets, the platform has also been equipped with a 76 mm naval gun and two remote-controlled 12.7 mm machine guns.

    South Korean media reported that the vessel will be commissioned in 2017 and will most probably be deployed as deterrence against fast-moving North Korean hovercraft operating near the Northern Limit Line.

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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  George1 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:58 am

    Promising South Korean anti-tank guided missile Tank Sniper



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    Re: Republic of Korea Armed Forces

    Post  George1 on Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:44 am

    First Batch of New Taurus Missiles Delivered to South Korean Air Force

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/asia/201610141046348734-first-taurus-missile-south-korea/


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