Indonesia approves KRW 85 billion budget for KF-X system development

The Indonesian Parliament approved a budget of KRW 85 billion as the first stage investment in the KF-X system development program. The Indonesian government is to foot 20% of development costs which is likely to be KRW 1.7 trillion, and receive one prototype aircraft and the technology and design of the KF-X. The IF-X, which Read more about Indonesia approves KRW 85 billion budget for KF-X system development[…]

Lockheed Martin retracts remarks on ROK-US talks on THAAD

Lockheed Martin has retracted the remarks of the executive who said that ROK and US are in the initial stages of discussing the deployment of THAAD by stating that they do not know of any talks between the two nations. The original remark was met with strong objections from both nations, especially with ROK MND Read more about Lockheed Martin retracts remarks on ROK-US talks on THAAD[…]

DTaQ holds 2015 Defense Quality Society Seminar and Presentations

DTaQ held the 2015 Defense Quality Society (DQS) Seminar and Presentations at the Airforce Club with 300 participants from MND, DAPA, and the DQS. The presentation will be on the “comprehensive approach on the development of the national defense quality management,” discussing the development of national defense to meet quality management standards and the quality Read more about DTaQ holds 2015 Defense Quality Society Seminar and Presentations[…]

DAPA and ADD states that KF-X system develop will be completed by 2025 and production will proceed from 2025 to 2028, but National Assembly members question the program

DAPA Minister Chang Myoung-jin told National Assembly members that the technologies that were not authorized to be transferred by the US government can be developed domestically and that 65% of the parts in the KF-X will be produced within ROK. An ADD senior researcher also mentioned that prior experience with system integration in the KF-16, Read more about DAPA and ADD states that KF-X system develop will be completed by 2025 and production will proceed from 2025 to 2028, but National Assembly members question the program[…]

Signs of new mine construction detected near nK nuclear test site

Construction of a new mine for nuclear tests have been detected at the nK Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, raising the possibility of preparations for nK nuclear tests. The intelligence community is focusing on this new nuclear test mine because the construction is taking place despite the existing two mines where nuclear tests can be held Read more about Signs of new mine construction detected near nK nuclear test site[…]

nK announces plans to hold Seventh KWP Congress in May 2016

Through the state media KCNA, nK has announced plans to hold the Seventh KWP Congress in May 2016, which has not been held since 1980. The KWP Congress is the largest nK convention and the one held 36 years ago was to announce that Kim Jong-il, the father and predecessor of the current nK leader Read more about nK announces plans to hold Seventh KWP Congress in May 2016[…]

Lockheed Martin executive states that “ROK-US are discussing THAAD deployment in Korean Peninsula,” but both governments deny such talks

Mike Trotsky, the Vice President of Air and Missile Defense Systems at Lockheed Martin, held a press conference and stated that although details on the government policies cannot be disclosed, the ROK and US government are in the initial stages of discussing the deployment of THAAD. However, both governments are denying such discussions, especially with Read more about Lockheed Martin executive states that “ROK-US are discussing THAAD deployment in Korean Peninsula,” but both governments deny such talks[…]

ROK-China-Japan three way talks to take place for three days beginning tomorrow

ROK President Park Geun-hye, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet at Seoul beginning tomorrow to hold the ROK-China-Japan three way summits for three days. The three leaders will meet on November 1, and ROK-China talks will be held on October 31, ROK-Japan talks on November 2, and China-Japan talks Read more about ROK-China-Japan three way talks to take place for three days beginning tomorrow[…]

Defense Program Corruption Taskforce announces plans to fight defense corruption

The Defense Program Corruption Taskforce under PMO, DAPA, and MND revealed plans that will be enacted beginning next year. First, a Defense Program Supervisor, who is likely to be a prosecutor or auditor from BAI and lead a team of 70, will be installed to conduct legal reviews in every main stage of defense programs Read more about Defense Program Corruption Taskforce announces plans to fight defense corruption[…]

BAI announces audit report on ROKN force improvement programs to reveal substantial losses across numerous programs

BAI announced the results of an audit on ROKN force improvement programs conducted from February to April, revealing substantial losses across numerous programs. The acquisition for Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) and minesweeping equipment that were to be equipped on the MSH failed tests on combat compatibility, and among the original contract that totals USD 125.2 Read more about BAI announces audit report on ROKN force improvement programs to reveal substantial losses across numerous programs[…]