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Philippines may Acquire KF-21 Boramae
Air

Philippines may Acquire KF-21 Boramae

Even though it has just flown and is completing various tests for certification, the KF-21 Boramae fighter jet from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has attracted the interest of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to acquire it. The KAF-21 is the newest alternative to the two fighter jets being studied, the F-16V from the US and the Saab Gripen from Sweden. As is known, the PAF is looking for a multi-role fighter jet (MRF) and will acquire at least 12 units of this type of jet.

ROK’s carrier project is delayed, no funding in the budget
Navy / Maritime

ROK’s carrier project is delayed, no funding in the budget

The Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy’s desire to have an aircraft carrier seems to have been delayed. The multi-billion project, called CVX (formerly known as LPX-II, Hangul), has not been included in the allocation of the Korean defence budget in 2023.

ROK’s Hanwha Defence signs 2.4$ billion contracts with Poland
Bilateral Relations Expo and Air Show

ROK’s Hanwha Defence signs 2.4$ billion contracts with Poland

Republic of Korea’s (ROK) Hanwha Defence signed on August 26, an execution contract to supply K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPHs) to Poland, just days before the MSPO Defence Expo in Kielce, Poland. The contract, worth $2.4 billion, is the first phase of a framework agreement signed in late July.

ROK launches first new KDX III Batch II AEGIS guided missile destroyer
Navy / Maritime

ROK launches first new KDX III Batch II AEGIS guided missile destroyer

ROK shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the first KDX III Batch II AEGIS-equipped guided missile destroyer on 28 July 2022.

Poland buys K2 Black Panther MBT, K9 Thunder SPH and FA-50 Fighting Eagle light fighter jets from ROK
Land Air

Poland buys K2 Black Panther MBT, K9 Thunder SPH and FA-50 Fighting Eagle light fighter jets from ROK

Polish Defence Minister announced that they are negotiating with the ROK to purchase 180 K2 Black Panther, 120 K9 Thunder SPH and 48 FA-50 Fighting Eagle Jets.

The ROK's KF-21 Performs its Maiden Flight
Air

The ROK's KF-21 Performs its Maiden Flight

KAI's KF-21 Boramae stealth fighter took its first flight on July 19, marking a significant milestone for the ROK defence sector.

ROK Establishes ASW Naval Air Command
Navy / Maritime

ROK Establishes ASW Naval Air Command

On July 15, the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) announced the formation of the Naval Air Command to perform Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations.

Korea to acquire MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes for  MH-60Rs
Navy / Maritime Weapon / Missile

Korea to acquire MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes for MH-60Rs

The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Republic of Korea of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $130 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

 Korea allocates 4 billion USD for additional F-35A and Chinook
Air

Korea allocates 4 billion USD for additional F-35A and Chinook

The Republic of Korea has approved a USD 4 billion project to purchase F-35 fighter jets and CH-47F Chinook helicopters from the United States. This was revealed by the ROK Arms Procurement Agency (DAPA).

Ground Testing Photos of KF-21 Leaked
Air

Ground Testing Photos of KF-21 Leaked

The ground test photos of Korean KF-21 Boramae (formerly known as KF-X) leaked. The aircraft is spotted during the ground tests.

ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight
Air

ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight

ROK developed KF-21 Boramae fighter jet is set to perform its maiden flight next month, the country’s military reports.

PAF may acquire further FA-50 aircraft
Air

PAF may acquire further FA-50 aircraft

After having 12 FA-50 Fighting Eagle jets from the KAI for PHP18.9 billion, the Philippines is considering adding this jet capable of flying up to Mach 1.5.

RoK Awards Hyundai for CPV production
Land

RoK Awards Hyundai for CPV production

Hyundai Rotem has been awarded a contract to manufacture Command Post Vehicles (CPV) for the Republic of Korea (RoK) armed forces. The new platform is based on the company's K808 wheeled armoured vehicle, which the RoK Army operates.

ROK Completes LIG Nex1 Tiger Shark Tor Torpedo Test
Navy / Maritime Weapon / Missile

ROK Completes LIG Nex1 Tiger Shark Tor Torpedo Test

Korean defence company LIG Nex1 weapon reported that it had completed the trial phase of the Tiger Shark heavy torpedo.