In a clear attempt to intimidate North Korea, Washington and Seoul will hold one of its biggest ever air exercises involving 230 warplanes including F-22 Raptors and F-35s besides personnel from the US Marines and Korean forces.
The US is planning to send six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, three to four F-35A for the drill, South Korean military officials were quoted as saying by Yonhap Friday.
The allies will hold the annual airborne exercise named Vigilant Ace from Dec. 4-8, mobilizing 12,000 US personnel, according to the Seventh Air Force in Korea.
"This realistic air combat exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between US and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations," it said in a statement, referring to South Korea by its formal name.
US Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy personnel will train with air assets from South Korea with 230 aircraft at eight US and South Korean military installations, it added.
China's foreign ministry called for restraint, repeating its stance that North Korea's nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue.
"We believe that all relevant countries need to show restraint and not to conduct activity that can intensify tensions on the Korean Peninsula," Geng Shuang, spokesman at China's foreign ministry, said in a briefing.
Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea's National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225
South Korea and Denmark will test a maritime safety and communication system on the shores of South Korean city of Busan. The Denmarks Maritime Authority along with South Koreas ministry of oceans and fisheries will conduct the test, Yonhap reported Saturday
The South Korean Army carried out an air-to-surface missile firing exercise using eight Apache attack helicopters on Monday. Each of the copters fired one Hellfire guided missile at a shooting range in the waters off the western coastal city of Gunsan, according to the Army,
South Korea may develop its own nuclear-powered submarines or purchase them from US to deal with North Korean submarine-launched Ballistic missile (SLBM) threats. President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump reached the agreement during their summit in Seoul on Tuesday, to begin consultations on South Korea's acquisition and development of cutting-edge weapons that would include nuclear-powered submarines and surveillance assets, The Korea Times reported Friday
South Koreas Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) will put the KUH-1 Surion helicopter to another icing test in Michigan from December to March as it seeks to export the helicopter to countries with sub-zero weather conditions. The helicopters were suspended after the Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea (BAI) released a report in July saying that engine parts of the Surion ice up at minus 30 degrees Celsius and could cause serious safety problems
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South Korea will increase its military budget next year to 43.2 trillion won ($39
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South Korean Army will set up a combat unit of drones next year to counter North Koreas threats. The drone units will be called ‘dronebot, a combination of the words, ‘drone and ‘robot, Yonhap quoted an unnamed official as saying Tuesday
The South Korean Army plans to develop combat uniforms with new camouflage and a combat meal to the current three types. The current digitally patterned camouflage pattern, adopted in 200 will be replaced by a new one, to adjust troops to changing warfare environment,
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