Korean lawmakers are urging the government to renegotiate the purchase of 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighters by including technology transfer and local assembly in US$7.2 billion deal.
"The government made the right decision in choosing the F-35A for its stealth capabilities, but compared to Japan, the conditions (for the purchase) are strikingly unfair," Rep. Rhee In-je, a six-term lawmaker of the ruling party, was quoted as saying by Yonhap News during a meeting of senior party lawmakers and Supreme Council members.
He also mentioned that unlike South Korea, which plans to buy all 40 jets as finished products, Japan plans to buy only four as finished products and assemble the remaining 38.
"This isn't an issue that can be glossed over. We must try to (buy the jets) on the condition of technology transfer, on the same terms as Japan, even if that means through further negotiations," Rhee said.
Last week, the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that it would buy the 40 F-35 Block 3s over four years starting in 2018, with an option to buy 20 more later, depending on the security situation and the budget.
The purchase is expected to take place through a government-to-government deal without an open bid as the F-35 is sold only through the U.S. foreign military sales program.
Yoo Ki-june, a Supreme Council member, claimed that Japan won various benefits from the U.S. in return for its purchase because it held an open bid.
"I don't understand why (the government) decided to buy the F-35A, which is still under development, through a negotiated contract," Ki-june was quoted in the report saying. "We should hold an open bid for the transfer of core technologies."
The main opposition Democratic Party has also criticized the government for the way it sealed the deal to buy the jets, saying the lack of competition with other firms will force the government to pay whatever price it is asked to pay, despite uncertainties about the jet's performance.
The opposition party has also claimed that the government rejected Boeing's F-15SE, the only remaining candidate in the 8.3 trillion won (US$7.2 billion) defense project, in September with an ulterior motive to buy the F-35A.
South Korea will purchase 40 Lockheed Martin's F-35A stealth fighters from 2018, with an option to buy 20 more later, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) was quoted as saying by Yonhap News. JCS Chairman Choi Yun-hee held a meeting of top commanders to approve the plan to buy the 40 F-35 Block 3s, which are capable of conducting air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with internal carriage and external stations for missiles and bombs
Raytheon has completed the first delivery of APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders for the Republic of Korea Army's Surion helicopter. The IFF transponders provide military aircraft with a secure combat identification capability to reduce fratricide and enhance situational awareness, in addition to providing safe access to civilian airspace
South Korea is planning to restart a $7.7 billion jet fighter bidding process, holding off a contract likely to be awarded to Boeing Company
South Korea is buying L-3 Communications Scarab Thermal Imager Laser Designator (TILD-A) for aerial laser-guided bombs. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), L-3 Communications has been selected for a $46 million contract over the other two competitors; the Ground Laser Target Designator (GLTD)-III built by Northrop Grumman and the Portable Laser Lightweight Designator developed by Israels Elbit Systems
The South Korean Defense Ministry announced today that it will showcase a cruise missile capable of surgical strikes at the military parade in Seoul next month. The October 1st parade will showcase military arsenals such as tanks, rockets and helicopters and fighter jets, a ministry official was quoted as saying by AFP
South Koreas next-generation fighter program is under final bidding stage, with Boeings F-15 Silent Eagle (SE) in the contender position, according to The Korean Times. The F-15 is contesting against Lockheed Martins F-35 Lightning II and Eurofighter Tranche 3 Typhoon in the U
The US Marine Corps F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program would be delayed further due to glitches in software development and testing, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Earlier reports said the F-35s is scheduled to reach “initial operating capability” by mid-2015
Israel is planning to adopt indigenously-built Stand-Off guided weapons for the F-35 fighters they are buying. Rafael has begun work to merge the Spice 1000 Electro-Optically, Stand-Off guided weapon to bomber, according to C4Defence
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is close to signing the first contract for Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was quoted as saying by Reuters Television. The UK MoD will soon place a firm order in a bid to have the first squadron ready to start flying training off the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in 2018
The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) will finalize the purchase of 40 Lockheed Martins next-generation F-35 jet fighter jets later this year. "We will push to sign the contract in the third quarter, after testing and further negotiations," Jung Kwang-Sun, the DAPAs aircraft department director, was quoted as saying by various media report
The Pentagons most expensive fighter aircraft program, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, will cost operators “less than any fourth generation fighter in the world”. According to Lorraine Martin, general manager for the JSF, “By 2019, the F-35A (the Air Force version) will cost $85 million when counting future inflation
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has delivered its first F-35 Lightning II centre fuselage to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at a ceremony held at TAI's facilities in Ankara, Turkey yesterday. The centre fuselage will be installed into a U S Air Force aircraft at Lockheed Martins facilities in Fort Worth, Texas
Rostec to offer Modernization of S.Korean Ka-32s at Seoul ADEX 2019
China’s J-20 Fighter May Have Entered Mass Production with Increased Deployment
USAF Approves Sikorsky HH-60W Gunship To Enter Production
Shareholders Approve United Technologies, Raytheon Merger
Russian S-300s, S-400s Fail to Detect Israeli F-35s Flying Over Syria: Reports...
New GJ-11 Stealth Combat Drone with Flying Wing Design takes part in...
China to Deploy Sharp Sword Stealth Drone on Type-001A Carrier by Year-end...
USAF Develops "Thor" Electromagnetic Weapon to Hammer Enemy Drones
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...