I dont know the details but maybe S.Korea has not found a good use for the ships yet? I am mean, they are obviously to be used in the near seas but they dont have any serious threat (except N.Korea's supreme Navy...)I don't know much about other services but Koreans have a lot of problems in the naval part of their military. They have ambitious plans to show the public how great they are with ambitious programs yet for example they have horrible problems with proper maintenance of their DDGs. What method they came up recently? Of course building three more of them! That's Korean way of doing things - make a big party at the opening and later on... who cares about later on!
Another example - between 2016 and 2019 ROKS Dokdo was operational at average for about 245 days. And there's nothing wrong with at least this number. However, here's how she spent those 245 days (average per year):
- anchored at base: 166 days
- underway: 79 days
Out of those 79 days:
- 32 on event support
- 18 on landing operations training
It could be very well called Hotel Dokdo as you work 40 days a year and get paid for a full year. Perfect. And you might ask how they tackled this problem of not knowing how to properly use this ship? Of course they're completing the second ship of the class! Not only that but ambitious Korean admirals came up with idea of building an aircraft carrier! Those aren't my money so it's not my business but I doubt that Navy is the only branch of Korean military with similar problems.
You somehow see a closer resemblance between T50 and F16 but not the KF-X with F-22 or F-35? Not even the koreans would claim this jet to be completely indigenous.The T50 was in joint with Lockheed Martin with strong F16 elements so it’s not quite independent, but KF-X is very much a Korean fighter.
Janiz has a pro-Japan, very anti-China, Korea orientation. Look at his past posts on this forum.I dont know the details but maybe S.Korea has not found a good use for the ships yet? I am mean, they are obviously to be used in the near seas but they dont have any serious threat (except N.Korea's supreme Navy...)
Regarding China (neutral), Japan (maybe hostile but the US binds them together), the US (already inside their country and an ally), and from what I know in the rest of the region they dont have much of any threat(the most recent was the Iranian incident)
Maybe it is as you say and they have problem on maintining them, but with the vast (civilian) shipbuilding experience they have, I doubt they have such serious problems