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Military to Resume Reserve Forces’ Field Training in Full-scale Format This Year

Military to Resume Reserve Forces’ Field Training in Full-scale Format This Year

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s military plans to restore its field training for reserve forces to pre-pandemic levels this year, the defense ministry said Tuesday, after three years of coronavirus-driven suspension or reduction. Starting from March 2, the field drills will proceed in a full-scale format, according to the ministry. They were [...]

Military Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept Balloons, Flocks of Birds After N. Korea’s Drone Infiltration

Military Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept Balloons, Flocks of Birds After N. Korea’s Drone Infiltration

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean military deployed fighter jets in recent days in response to radar sightings of unidentified objects wrongly assumed to be drones from North Korea. On Wednesday morning, an unknown object was detected by radar, with the military scrambling fighter jets on standby to Incheon and northern Gyeonggi [...]

Arms Agency Signs Deal with LIG Nex1 to Develop New Counter-artillery Radar by 2026

Arms Agency Signs Deal with LIG Nex1 to Develop New Counter-artillery Radar by 2026

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s state arms procurement agency signed a 30 billion-won (US$23 million) contract with a local firm Monday to develop an advanced counter-artillery radar system by 2026, officials said. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) inked the deal with LIG Nex1 for the project aimed at replacing aging radars [...]

S. Korea to Begin Development of Homegrown Air-launched Guided Missile

S. Korea to Begin Development of Homegrown Air-launched Guided Missile

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will embark on a 190 billion-won (US$146 million) project Monday to locally develop a long-range air-to-ground guided missile by 2028, the state arms procurement agency said. The missile, which will be the country’s first domestically developed air-launched one, is to be fitted onto the homegrown KF-21 fighter [...]

S. Korea Approves Mass Production Plan for Homegrown Light Armed Helicopter

S. Korea Approves Mass Production Plan for Homegrown Light Armed Helicopter

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea approved a 5.75 trillion-won (US$4.3 billion) plan Monday to begin mass production of a homegrown light armed helicopter (LAH) in the coming months, the state arms procurement agency said. The Defense Project Promotion Committee endorsed the LAH production plan to run through 2031 as part of efforts [...]

S. Korea’s Military Holds Joint Amphibious Landing Drills

S. Korea’s Military Holds Joint Amphibious Landing Drills

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s military on Wednesday conducted amphibious landing drills with a focus on enhancing “real-world” combat capabilities, the Marine Corps said, amid its stepped-up efforts to counter evolving North Korean threats. The drills took place in Pohang, 272 kilometers southeast of Seoul, as part of this year’s Hoguk defense [...]

Military to Complete Replacement of Old and Unsanitary Water Bottles

Military to Complete Replacement of Old and Unsanitary Water Bottles

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean military plans to gradually replace water bottles with new models earlier than scheduled, source said Sunday. The defense ministry plans to earmark a budget of roughly 3 billion won (US$2.20 million) next year to distribute 102,000 new water bottles. The budget represents a growth of 67 percent compared [...]