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South Korean air force declares IOC for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters

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The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters in a ceremony held on 17 December at the 17th Fighter Wing airbase in the South Korean city of Cheongju.

The Yonhap News Agency reported that same day that the ceremony, which was closed to the press in an apparent effort to keep it a low-profile event to avoid angering Pyongyang, was held to officially mark the operational deployment of the fifth-generation aircraft, adding that they are now ready for limited combat operations.

South Korea has so far received 13 of the 40 F-35As its plans to acquire by 2021 as part of a KRW7.3 trillion (USD6.3 billion) deal approved in September 2014.

The RoKAF is expected to receive 13 more platforms in 2020, with another 14 set to be handed over the following year. Seoul is also set to exercise an option to buy 20 more units from 2021.

The RoKAF's F-35 made its official public debut on 1 October when four of the fighters were displayed during an event to mark the 71th anniversary of the country's Armed Forces Day, which was held on 1 October at the Daegu Air Base in North Gyeongsang Province and was presided over by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The aircraft was also showcased at this year's Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) held in October.

Cheongju Air Base is the designated main operational airbase for the type.
 

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HHI Wins Construction Contract for ROK Navy’s FFX Ulsan-class Batch III Frigate

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) succeeded in winning an order for the latest frigate of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). HHI announced today that it signed a contract for detailed design and construction of the 3,500 ton FFX Batch III frigate worth a total of 400 billion won with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).
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Tour of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy base in Busan during MADEX 2019 maritime defense exhibition in South Korea. Naval News takes aboard the following vessels:

- ROKS Choi Young 최영 (崔瑩), a Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class (KDX-II) destroyer 00:36

- ROKS Soyang 소양 (昭陽), AOE Fast Combat Support Ship 01:27

- HMAS Hobart, Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy 02:41

- ROKS Jung Ji 정지 (鄭地), a Sohn Wonyil-class / Type 214 / KSS-II submarine 04:32

 

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The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has received the second of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered from the United States in 2014.

Harry Harris, the US ambassador to South Korea, released an image on 19 April showing two Global Hawks in RoKAF markings parked in a hangar at an undisclosed location. Via Twitter the ambassador congratulated "the US-RoK Security Cooperation teams on delivering Global Hawk to the RoK this week".

Harris did not specify the number of UAVs delivered, but a RoKAF official told Jane's the following day that only one UAV had recently been handed over, meaning that the photograph published by Harris shows the RoKAF's first Global Hawk alongside the recently delivered second one.

A few days earlier, on 9 April, the Yonhap News Agency had quoted South Korean military officials as saying that two more Global Hawks were expected to arrive in South Korea in April, following the arrival of the first one on 23 December 2019 at the RoKAF's Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province.

The media outlet also reported that the RoKAF aims to start operating the UAVs by the end of 2020, adding that the service has already set up a reconnaissance squadron in charge of the platforms.

Harris's tweet comes after the US Department of State had approved in July 2019 a potential USD950 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of contractor logistics support and other services for the RoKAF's Global Hawk fleet.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced at the time that the proposed sale also included programme management, minor modifications and upgrades, spare and repair/return parts, operational flight support, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
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Results of the 126th Defense Project Promotion Committee

ㅇ The 126th Defense Project Promotion Committee (hereinafter referred to as "Bangchuwi") was held on April 27 at 14:00 pm, and this Bangchuwi was conducted in video considering the corona situation.

ㅇ The agenda proposed in the cold weather today
-The basic plan for the development of the Korean destroyer (KDDX *) combat system system (draft)
* KDDX (Korea Destroyer Next Generation): Korean next-generation destroyer
-Korean Joint tactical data link system (completed) system development basic plan (draft)
-Tactical Information and Communication System (TICN *) Block-I-Combat Radio System (TMMR **) Basic plan for business promotion / Basic plan for system development / First mass production plan.
* TICN (Tactical Information Communication Network): Tactical Information Communication System
** TMMR (Tactical Multi-band Multi-role Radio): Combat radio system (Radio developed to select and operate necessary functions by implementing functions for voice and data wireless communication with software)

ㅇ The 'Korean-style destroyer (KDDX) combat system project' is a project that secures the combat system necessary for missions such as ballistic missile detection, tracking and anti-aircraft warfare and anti-aircraft warfare through domestic research and development. KDDX) The basic plan for the development of the combat system system was deliberated and resolved. The contract will be concluded in the fourth quarter of '20.
* Project period: '20 ~ '30 years, total project cost (system development): about 670 billion

ㅇ The 'Korean Joint Strategic Data Link System Project' is a project to secure a system capable of sharing and disseminating tactical information such as location, targets, threats, etc. in real time between land, sea and air weapons systems through domestic research and development. Above, the basic plan (draft) for the development of the Korean joint tactical data link system was deliberated and resolved. The contract will be concluded in the third quarter of '20.
* Project period: '20 ~ '26, total project cost (system development): about 320 billion

ㅇ The 'tactical information and communication system (TICN) Block-I-Combat Wireless System (TMMR) project' is a project that secures radios capable of voice and data communication, and changes the host organization for R & D to reflect the business feasibility study results. → Company), and it will be promoted through multiple R & D. Also, considering the development of a narrow-band wireless method and a portable radio lightweight system, the basic mass promotion plan, system development basic plan, and initial mass production plan were amended and deliberated and resolved. The contract will be concluded in the third quarter of '20.
* Project period: '20 ~ '25, Total project cost: about 120 billion
 

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@Jura yes, we will publish soon about this with some details about KDDX

HHI Launches Fourth Daegu-class FFX Batch II frigate for ROK Navy

South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched ROKS Donghae (FFG-822), the fourth Daegu-class FFX Batch II frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). The event took place on April 29 at the HHI shipyard in Ulsan.
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