Defense Minister Song Young-moo discussed defence cooperation and equipment sales with Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Lebanon where South Korean troops are based during his visit last week.
Song met with Oman Defense Minister Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi in Muscat on Saturday where South Korea's Cheonghae Unit, deployed in the Gulf of Aden to counter pirates, is based.
According to a Yonhap report quoting the South Korean defence ministry, Sayyid Badr took great interest in South Korean weaponry, including the K-9 self-propelled howitzer and nava destroyers.
Song thanked Oman for its support during the Cheonghae Unit's operation in 2011 to rescue the South Korean freighter Samho Jewelry, which had been captured by Somali pirates.
Song also met with defense officials in the UAE, where South Korea's Akh Unit has been stationed since 2011, and discussed the expansion of the two countries' cooperation in the defense industry.
The tour also took Song to Lebanon, where he met with his Lebanese counterpart Yacoub Sarraf. Lebanon is home to South Korea's Dongmyeong Unit.
While South Korea has been notching up defence export success in Asia and even Africa, it has not been able to break into the highly lucrative Middle East market frequently ravaged by wars and conficts where demand for equipment is the gr.eatest.
A South Korean defense ministry official said Song's visit to the three nations should lead to "tangible benefits" in regards to South Korea's defense industry exports.
South Korea plans to export T-50 supersonic training jets to the US, Botswana, Argentina and Croatia; details of potential deals could be announced during the upcoming Seoul air show next month, South Korean defense ministry said. The US plans to send F-22 raptor and F-35A lightning II fighter jets, A-10 Thunderbolt and V-22 Osprey as well as the Bell 429 GlobalRanger helicopter and E-3A Sentry Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) aircraft for the ADEX show which will open on Oct
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South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has approved a plan to upgrade home-grown K-9 self-propelled howitzer starting next year. The approval by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) allows the mass production of an upgraded K-9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzer from next year,
South Korea has developed new mobile artillery locating radar system to counter Norths threats. The new counter-artillery detection radar-II worth approximately 54 billion won (US$47
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