Republic of Korea News

ROK to acquire Bell 505 helicopters for basic flight training
Air

ROK to acquire Bell 505 helicopters for basic flight training

Republic of Korea (ROK) signed a $132M helicopter deal with US firm Bell Textron Asia to acquire 40 Bell 505 helicopters for basic flight training.

Demir; Altay MBT will have an exclusive power pack
Engine and Transmission

Demir; Altay MBT will have an exclusive power pack

President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir stated that Altay Main Battle Tank (MBT) engine tests continue. Stating that the engine from the Republic of Korea (ROK) is integrated into the ALTAY MBT, Demir said that the first test results were good.

ROK’s MUAV reconnaissance aircraft to enter the production line soon
Unmanned Systems

ROK’s MUAV reconnaissance aircraft to enter the production line soon

The Republic of Korea's (ROK) Defence Development Agency (ADD) said that it had completed the development of an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft dubbed the Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV).

The Philippines selected ROK’s HHI to build six new OPVs
Navy / Maritime

The Philippines selected ROK’s HHI to build six new OPVs

The Philippine Navy has recommended awarding a contract to build six new Offshore Patrol Vessels to the ROK shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

ROK Hands Overs Donated K-136 Kooryong MLRS to the Philippines
Bilateral Relations

ROK Hands Overs Donated K-136 Kooryong MLRS to the Philippines

Republic of Korea (ROK) will supply the Philippines with the K-136 Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) in June this year, Philippine news agency PINA wrote on April 27, 2022. 22 MLRS units will be delivered to the Philippines, which the Philippine Army and Marine Corps will then use. The Philippines will bear the costs of the transfer.

Altay Prototype with the new engine will be Ready in May 2022
Land Engine and Transmission

Altay Prototype with the new engine will be Ready in May 2022

President of Defence Industry Agency Professor Ismail Demir stated that the Altay Main Battle Tank Prototype would be ready by May 2022.

North Korean Missile Tests Force ROK and Japan to get Closer
Regional / Strategy

North Korean Missile Tests Force ROK and Japan to get Closer

North Korea’s military tests force two rival countries, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, to get closer.

ROK secures $3.5 billion Defence Deal with UAE
Weapon / Missile Bilateral Relations

ROK secures $3.5 billion Defence Deal with UAE

ROK President Moon Jae-in visits the UAE to expand cooperation for a hydrogen economy and strengthen the strategic defence partnership.

Two Koreas Hypersonic Arm Race
Weapon / Missile Bilateral Relations

Two Koreas Hypersonic Arm Race

ROK announced the development of the Hycore hypersonic missile in response to North Korean Hypersonic Missile tests.

ROK F-35A Conducts Emergency ‘Belly Landing’
Air

ROK F-35A Conducts Emergency ‘Belly Landing’

According to multiple media reports, a Republic of Korea (ROK) F-35A aircraft made an emergency “belly landing” where the pilot escaped unharmed. Korean pilot didn’t eject, and he walked away from the aircraft.

ROK Deploys New KW2 30mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Wheeled Vehicle System
Land

ROK Deploys New KW2 30mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Wheeled Vehicle System

ROK Armed Forces has started deploying a new 30 mm self-propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Wheeled Vehicle System (AAGW) produced by Hanwha Defence.

Australia Signs AS9 Huntsman Contract with ROK
Land

Australia Signs AS9 Huntsman Contract with ROK

Australia ordered a fleet of approximately $1 billion worth of Hanwha’s Huntsman AS9 self-propelled artillery systems from the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Korean Hanwha Negotiates for K9 Thunder Howitzers with Egypt
Land Expo and Air Show

Korean Hanwha Negotiates for K9 Thunder Howitzers with Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence is contemplating purchasing 155 mm K9 Thunder-tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and support vehicles.

The U.S. to Station Attack Helicopter Squadron in ROK Permanently
Air Regional / Strategy

The U.S. to Station Attack Helicopter Squadron in ROK Permanently

The U.S. Army will permanently station an attack helicopter squadron in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to defend the country from China and North Korea.