South Korea is likely to send its naval destroyer to join United States-led anti-Iran coalition forces in the Strait of Hormuz in August to guard oil tankers sailing through the sea passage, South Korean media have reported.
“It is obvious that we have to protect our ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, isn’t it? So we’re considering various possibilities,” deputy ministry spokesman Ro Jae-cheon said on Monday.
Seoul is the first country to answer US’ call and join the international coalition against Tehran. The other countries US invited were Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
“South Korea has also decided to send the anti-piracy Cheonghae unit operating in waters off Somalia, possibly along with helicopters,” a senior government official was quoted as saying by Maekyung business newspaper.
The unit operates a 4,500-ton destroyer, a Lynx anti-submarine helicopter and three speed boats, according to South Korea’s 2018 defense white paper.
The Indian Air force (IAF) is reconsidering the purchase of 30 American drones for an estimated $6 billion, after Iran shot down US Navys RQ-4 Global Hawk drone with its S-300 missile system in the Persian Gulf region last month. “The IAF are now especially concerned about the US drones effectiveness and survivability in volatile airspace along Indias border with Pakistan and China, which New Delhi claims can be equipped with advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems,”
The United States (US) has used its new Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS) anti-drone electronic warfare system to bring down the Iranian drone from its amphibious naval ship. “The encounter is the first known kill by a new generation of electronic warfare and directed energy weapons the US has developed over the last decade to handle the daunting problem of how to counter voluminous, low-end threats without resorting to waste high-dollar missiles,” naval analyst and retired Navy officer Thomas Callender told USNI News on Friday
President of the United States (US) Donald Trump on Thursday announced that an amphibious ship belonging to the US Navy destroyed an Iranian drone as it was entering the Strait of Hormuz. “I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today, involving USS Boxer, a US Navy amphibious assault ship
South Korea plans to add two more ground-based anti-missile early warning radars and three Aegis-equipped destroyers in the next five years as part of a 290.5 trillion won (US$239
Tehran is likely to unveil indigenously-made long-range mobile air defense system christened “Bavar-373,” which according to reports is "superior" to the Russian S-300, on August 22, which is the National Day of the Defense Industry. According to reports, the Bavar-373 was developed after Iran failed to acquire S-300 systems from Russia owing to UN Security Councils resolution banning the sale of advanced weapons to the country
The United States has approved South Koreas request to procure 12 Lockheed Martin MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters and related support for $800 million. “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $800 million,” Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement Wednesday
The Short Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBMs) fired by North Korea from its north-eastern coast into the East Sea early on Friday could be newly developed ones, the office of President Moon Jae-in, Cheong Wa Dae, has said after holding an emergency meeting in Seoul. “On the basis of an initial analysis, the authorities of South Korea and the United States believe that the projectiles were new SRBMs,” Ko Min-jung, Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson was quoted as saying by
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