South Korea's CVX aircraft carrier program under fire from critics

Faced with the rise of North Korea's first strike capabilities, the South Korean General Staff, supported by the government, announced in July 2019 its intention to acquire two light aircraft carriers capable of operates 20 F-35B combat aircraft each with vertical or short take-off and landing. According to the arguments advanced by the military, this program, designated CVX, will make it possible to maintain strike and response capabilities even if Pyongyang were to start hostilities against its southern neighbor, and to destroy South Korean air bases with strikes. preventive ballistic and cruise missiles. In…

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The missile race accelerates on the Korean peninsula

After several months of calm, the missile race, whether ballistic or cruise, has experienced a rapid acceleration in recent days on either side of the 38th parallel of the Korean peninsula. Both Seoul and Pyongyang have indeed been engaged in a show of force posture for a few weeks, which has reached what we can think of as its climax today. Indeed, within just a few hours, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in the Sea of ​​Japan, while its southern neighbor was carrying out the 3rd and supposedly last qualification test of its missile...

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South Korea successfully tests firing of SLBM Hyunmoo 4-4 missile from submarine

In the world, only 7 countries have submarines capable of implementing ballistic missiles: the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, United States, France, Great Britain and Russia), the India and North Korea. An eighth country has just demonstrated this capability. Indeed, the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine, the first unit of the eponymous class from the KSS-III program, and the first entirely South Korean-built submarine, is said to have carried out the first firing of a Hyunmoo 4 ballistic missile. -4 according to several concordant sources, and no denial from the Seoul authorities. This successful test...

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South Korea tested the launch of a ballistic missile below the surface

As we knew, South Korea invests consistently in the development of cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, in order to be able, as far as doing this little, to counter the growing threat represented by the North Korean ballistic arsenal. This is how the country has developed, since the beginning of the 80s, the family of surface-to-surface Hyunmoo missiles, initially designed with a transfer of technology from the United States in exchange for commitments from Seoul on the maximum range of the weapons developed, then within the framework of a partnership with Moscow during the 90s, which enabled the second generation of missiles, the Hyunmoo 2, to integrate…

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Type 214, Scorpene, Yuan: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - Part 1

With the return of international tensions in the early 2010s, the role of attack submarines rose considerably for the world's navies. A new generation of conventionally powered attack submarines is now entering service, often fitted with anaerobic modules extending their diving range and offering increased performance and enhanced offensive capabilities. A dozen models today share this often critical market for many navies. In this article, we will present the first 5 models (alphabetical classification by country), to understand their performance and advantages. A second article will present the last 5 models. Germany: Type 212…

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In discretion, Taiwan began construction of the first locally made submarine

Nothing is simple for Taiwan when it comes to finding international partners in the defense program. But the replacement of its 4 attack submarines, two dating from the end of the Second World War, and two from the mid-80s, is all the more difficult, as the only country which officially dares to defy the embargo in fact imposed by Beijing on weapons destined for Taiwan, the United States has not built a conventionally powered submarine for more than 50 years. And building a ship as complex as a 2000-tonne submarine without outside support is a project of colossal difficulty… It is however…

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Aircraft carriers, anti-missile systems, combat aircraft: Seoul reveals its ambitions for the coming decade

Unlike the Europeans, South Korea has never neglected its defense investments, including during the period following the collapse of the Soviet bloc and which was characterized by a rapprochement between the West and China. It must be said that with a neighbor like North Korea accused of developing a military nuclear program as early as 1989, Seoul, also within range of North Korean artillery, has never really known a period of calm, to take advantage “Benefits of Peace” dear to European leaders in the 90s and 2000s. And in fact, South Korea today has an armed force of…

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Naval Group's Scorpene selected for the final of the P75i Indian program

The Indian Ministry of Defense has published the list of 5 international companies and 2 local shipyards which will participate in the final of the P75i program relating to the design and construction of 6 submarines with anaerobic propulsion. The finalists are the French Naval Group with the Scorpene submarine, the Russian Rubin with the Amur 1650, the German TKMS with the Type 214, the Spanish Navantia with the S80 and the South Korean DSME with the KS-III . The two shipyards selected are Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL), which has already manufactured the first 2 Scorpene submarines of the P75 program, and L&T shipyards. The…

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Aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, arsenal ships, the South Korean Navy has great ambitions

The Navy of South Korea has been engaged, for twenty years, in a profound change aimed at acquiring high seas and projection capabilities, concomitantly with the development of its naval defense industry, which today even manages to prevail in international competitions. Today, it has 20 attack submarines, 12 destroyers, as many frigates, and 10 assault ships, including 2 LHDs of the Doko class (plus one in production), weighing 18.000 tons and capable of projecting 700 men and 200 vehicles. It is also engaged in several advanced combat ship programs, such as the Dosan Ahn Changho attack submarines…

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