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North Korean mini-Drones are Made in China

April 18, 2014 by · Comment
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North Korean drone incursions drive South Korean air surveillance revamp

April 2, 2014 by · Comment
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Seoul to Equip its New Maritime Helicopters with Israeli SPIKE Missiles

January 6, 2014 by · Comment
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South Korea to Field Hybrid Version of the BiHO VSHORAD Vehicle in 2015

December 30, 2013 by · Comment
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Chinese Claimed Airspace Outrages Far East Neighbours

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Rafael Enters as Minority Shareholder in South Korean Telecom company PineTelecom

October 30, 2013 by · Comment
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India Offers the Pragati Short Range Missile for Export

October 30, 2013 by · Comment
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South Korean Research Center Unveils Radar Absorbing ‘Stealth Paint’

October 27, 2013 by · Comment
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IAI to Supply Heliborne Weapon Systems Based on LAHAT Missiles

October 25, 2013 by · Comment
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Boeing F-15SE Fails Seoul`s Final Selection of Next Fighter Jet

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Seoul to Invest US$63 Billion in Strategic Deterrence, Missile Defense

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Is Seoul Underestimating its Fighter Procurement Costs?

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South Korea Kicks off Bidding for US$7.3 Billion Fighter Jet Tender

June 21, 2013 by · Comment
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The choice will be between Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle, Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II and the EADS Eurofighter Typhoon. F-35 Photo: Lockheed MartinSouth Korea started the bidding process Tuesday to pick a contractor to provide 60 advanced fighter jets for US$7.3 billion, the Defense Acquisition Program and Administration (DAPA) said. Seoul faces a tough decision in selecting either the...

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Elbit Systems Establishes Avionics JV with Sharp Avionics K of South Korea

sharp_aviationThe Israeli company Elbit Systems Ltd. and South Korean Sharp Aviation K Inc. announced the establishment of a joint venture company - Sharp Elbit Systems Aerospace, Inc. ("SESA"). Sharp, a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider in Korea...

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Elbit Systems Establishes Avionics JV with Sharp Avionics K of South Korea

sharp_aviationThe Israeli company Elbit Systems Ltd. and South Korean Sharp Aviation K Inc. announced the establishment of a joint venture company - Sharp Elbit Systems Aerospace, Inc. ("SESA"). Sharp, a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider in Korea...

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RACR wins Republic of Korea F-16 radar upgrade competition — Press Release

Raytheon AESA technology primed to exceed current and future global customer needs

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) announced today its Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) has been competitively selected by the Republic of Korea to upgrade the country’s KF-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon fleet.

“This win ensures the Republic of Korea’s KF-16 combat aircraft remain relevant in a constantly evolving threat environment and builds on our legacy of providing enhanced combat capabilities for global allied forces,” said Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.

Subject to final definition by the United States Government, Raytheon will deliver 134 active electronically scanned array radar systems with deliveries anticipated to start in late 2016. The scope includes AESA radar development, production of test assets for the system design and development program, and production.

Raytheon has demonstrated F-16 platform expertise by delivering mission critical avionics systems including the modular mission computer, electronic warfare systems, and various weapons. This selection adds the F-16 Fighting Falcon to the family of fighters retrofitted with Raytheon’s AESA-based radars (F-15C, F-15E and the F/A-18E/F).

“RACR complements and leverages Raytheon’s F-16 avionics heritage to provide the lowest risk, most affordable and highest reliability AESA retrofit solution,” said Jim Hvizd, vice president of International Strategy and Business Development for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. “This experience has directly contributed to the ease of installation and performance that continues to exceed customer needs.”

The Republic of Korea selection bolsters Raytheon’s AESA radar production base, which has already delivered more than 500 AESA systems worldwide, supporting more than 400,000 operational tactical flight hours, both industry firsts.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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US Reinforcing Pacific Defenses to Counter North Korean Threats

anderson_afb_b2_f15Washington is strengthen its missile-defense posture in the Pacific in response to Pyongyang’s continual threats to launch ballistic missile attacks against US targets in the region and targets as far away as the US mainland....

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Nothing Stealth About This

Riki Ellison, Chairman & Founder, Missile Defense Advocacy AllianceThe massive display of offensive capability along with missile defense, in and around the Korean Peninsula, including the flights of nuclear capable B-2 stealth bombers, is an absolute necessity for...

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North Korea Declares “A State of War” Exists

March 29, 2013 by · Comment
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nokNorth Korea’s enigmatic leader, Kim Jong-un, seems intent on taking tensions on the Korean Peninsula to unprecedented new heights with each passing day. After weeks of bombastic warmongering and public proclamations threatening to destroy the South and annihilate the United States, Pyongyang has now proclaimed that a “state of war” exists between the North and the South.

Washington Steps Up Warning: Sending Two Stealth Bombers over South Korea

March 28, 2013 by · Comment
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B2b300Following North Korean escalating tension with the South, Washington is stepping up warning. Today the Air Forces' Strategic Command said it is sending two B-2 Spirit bombers for a long-duration, round-trip training mission from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to South Korea, as part of the ongoing bilateral Foal Eagle training exercise.

US B-52 Flaypast over Korea – Warning Signal to Pyongyang

March 18, 2013 by · Comment
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B-52H StratofortressThe United States Air Force began flying B-52 bombers over South Korea, amid rising tensions with North Korea, Pentagon officials said today. Pentagon press secretary George Little said one B-52 flew over South Korea on Friday, March 8 and another mission is scheduled to fly tomorrow.

South Korea Interested in Global Hawk

It is being reported that South Korea has requested to purchase 4 of Northrop Grumman’s (NOC) long range, strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the Global Hawk. With supporting parts, services and other items the contract is estimated at around $1.2 billion. Congress will have to approve the sale.

The Global Hawk conducts long range surveillance and intelligence data collection missions. It is currently used by the U.S. Air Force and will also support European and U.S. Navy missions. The Global Hawk has been in service since the early part of this century and has flown thousands of hours of missions in support of Iraq and Afghanistan. The system has consistently been upgraded with new sensors and other equipment over time.

In their original 2013 budget the Obama Administration had proposed reducing the number of Global Hawks that they planned to buy as well as retire some others. Congress fought this proposal questioning the rationale of continuing to use manned U-2/TR-1 aircraft for these missions.

This contract will follow on to a European order for 5 and the annual buys by the U.S. Air Force and Navy to support their programs.

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BAE to Upgrade South Korean F-16 Fighters

The defense industry is becoming more competitive internationally. As the U.S. and European governments begin to spend less on their domestic military the large defense contractors will compete more for deals with foreign customers. The recent award to BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) of a contract by South Korea for fighter upgrades illustrates this.

South Korea operates over 130 Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-16 fighters. The F-16 was sold to many U.S. allies and like the current F-35 program was designed to share production among those buying it. Parts were made across the globe and the aircraft was assembled in different places such as South Korea and the Netherlands. This not only increased the investment by those involved but also lowered risk and allowed greater production in a shorter time.

This also meant that those countries assembling the aircraft did not necessarily have to rely on the U.S. or Lockheed for components or support once the F-16 were delivered.

The contract which could be worth over a $1 billion will have BAE install new electronics into the aircraft. Most of the work will be done in America even though it is a U.K. company.

Interestingly this contract is not a direct sale to South Korea but was done through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. This allows foreign customers to utilize U.S. contracts to purchase hardware and support rather then negotiating their own contract.

BAE is already working on existing U.S. and Turkish F-16.

Normally one would have expected this type of contract to go to the OEM for the aircraft but the fact that BAE is doing the work shows the U.S. owns some of the necessary technical data and one hopes competition is lowering the cost of the effort.

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Boeing Awarded Large Maintenance Contract for ROK F-15

One of the reasons that the Indian, Brazil and U.A.E. new fighter contracts are being so hard fought among the various U.S. and European defense contractors is not only the size of the initial procurement but also because they offer long term requirements and revenue.

India has so far chosen the Rafale fighter from Dassault although there are reports that Eurofighter with the encouragement of the U.K. government is trying to offer a better price in the hope of winning that contract. Brazil is considering the Rafale and Boeing’s (BA) F/A-18 and the U.A.E. seemed committed to the French aircraft but at the Dubai airshow earlier this year seemed to have second thoughts.

South Korea chose to buy some F-15 fighters from Boeing (BA) last decade. This was a significant procurement for the company as the U.S. had stopped buying the aircraft concentrating on the F-22 and JSF. Now they have signed a contract for long term logistics support for the advanced fighters and strike aircraft. This is worth about $300 million and last five years.

Korea can be expected to use the aircraft for a few decades and Boeing along with its Korean partners should consistently receive contracts to support the systems. Often as the U.S. has demonstrated the long term support, modernization and modification of aircraft can easily cost more then the initial purchase price. Often this goes to the OEM so they have several years of revenue after production is complete. With overseas contracts the chances are even higher that this kind of work will be needed.

Modern combat aircraft are now having service lives measured in decades. The B-52 for example is approaching its 60th year of service. The U.S. F-15 over 30 and so on. Boeing can expect South Korea to pay a great deal of money for their support as time passes.

Photo from Bundeswehr-Fotos Wir.Dienen.Deutschland.’s flickr photostream.

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New Royal Navy Tankers to be Built in South Korea

and the value of the contract is close to $1 billion.

Interestingly the ships will be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea rather then in a British yard. It is uncommon for a country like Britain to do this but price is becoming a major factor in such contracts and presumably the Daewoo bid was much lower then any competing ones. British companies will get support contracts such as those for design as well as test support.

DSME is one of the largest shipbuilders in South Korea and was recently awarded a contract for submarines to be delivered to Indonesia. It has great experience building cargo vessels, oil platforms and support ships. The RFA tankers will be similar to many commercial ships and other then unique Royal Navy communications equipment and defensive systems will have little or no military specific hardware.

The U.S. Navy has started buying Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) from Australian shipbuilder Austal but it is through their U.S. subsidiary and the ships are built in Mobile, AL. The Royal Navy could have pursued this course as well but it seems for auxiliaries the desire to make them at home is overshadowed by the need to keep costs down. This may portend more contracts like this for not only Great Britain but other Western countries as they look to spend their shrinking supply of defense dollars.

Photo from Official U.S. Navy Imagery’s flickr Photostream.

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