Category Archives: South Korea

U-2 Spy Plane Still Flying High

 

One of the oldest planes the United States Air Force still flies is used to carry out some of America’s most sensitive and critical missions. Whether it’s aiding NATO troops in Afghanistan, providing surveillance over North Korea or examining Japan’s hurricane ravaged coast, the high altitude U-2 keeps flying despite initial plans to retire it by the end of this year. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman, at Osan Air Base in South Korea, got a rare look at what is considered the world’s most difficult aircraft to fly.

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Turkey loses bid for Indonesia submarines

 

Type 209/1200 (Atılay class) submarine of the ...

ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Indonesia picks up a South Korean offer for three U209 model submarines instead of a Turkish-German joint offer. Still, the two countries may bid for a tender for the more developed U214 models, Jakarta says

Ümit Enginsoy
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Indonesia has informed a German-Turkish partnership that South Korea has won Jakarta’s competition for U209 submarines and that the duo should instead focus on the sale of more-developed U214 subs to the Southeast Asian giant, a senior Turkish official has said.

The message was conveyed during the visit of Adm. Agus Suhartono, the chief of staff of Indonesia’s military forces, to Turkey last week, the Turkish official said this weekend.

Turkey, led by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, SSM, and Germany, led by ThyssenKrupp’s shipyard, HDW, entered the Indonesian Navy’s competition of more than $1 billion after it came to an end, effectively ensuring Seoul’s victory.

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering announced on Dec. 22 that it had won the Indonesian deal $1.1 billion for three submarines.

As for Turkey, a $2 billion submarine deal with HDW for the joint manufacture of six U214 platforms formally took effect in July, the German company said. Turkish procurement officials also confirmed the information.
“As a longstanding partner and supplier to the Turkish Navy, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems can now begin executing the order. The order will contribute to securing employment at [ThyssenKrupp’s] HDW in Kiel, as well as at many subcontractors in Germany and Turkey, for the next 10 years,” it said.

A major loan deal between German banks and the Turkish Treasury rescued the multibillion-dollar submarine contract between the Turkish state and Howaldswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) on the last day of 2010, Turkish procurement officials said earlier.

“We will try to work hard to meet the requirements for the second competition [for the U214 deal],” said the Turkish procurement official.

The Indonesian side also offered a number of consolations to the Turkish side. The Indonesians will come up with a $100 million Turkish proposal to make military radios produced by Aselsan, the procurement official said.

The Indonesians separately plan to propose a facility to produce Roketsan-made missiles after they sign a contract with the company.

Jakarta will also produce FNSS-made 8×8 vehicles.

Turkey and Indonesia are two of the largest Muslim countries and are keen to develop their defense industries and ties.

North Korea warns of retaliation for South Korea drill

Map of Korean maritime border, language neutra...

SEOUL: North Korea’s military warned on Sunday it could bombard islands near the disputed Yellow Sea border with South Korea, accusing Seoul of planning a naval live-fire drill in the area.

The North’s Western Sector Command warned residents of five islands to “evacuate to safe areas” before what it said was the scheduled start time of the exercise on Monday morning.

Pyongyang has taken a hostile tone towards Seoul since Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of the late leader Kim Jong-Il, took over following the death of his father in December.

In a notice carried by Pyongyang’s official news agency, the military said Seoul’s government “should not forget the lesson” of the North’s bombardment of Yeonpyeong island in November 2010, which killed four South Koreans.

“Once the group of traitors starts a reckless military provocation…the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will promptly make merciless retaliatory strikes,” it said.

The North frequently warns the South against conducting live-fire exercises near the sea border, but there have been no incidents since Yeonpyeong.

A spokesman for the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said he was checking whether any such firing drill was scheduled for Monday.

Seoul’s defence ministry said earlier the US and South Korean navies will stage a joint anti-submarine drill in the Yellow Sea from Monday to Friday to guard against potential attacks by the communist state.

But the latest warning from Pyongyang does not appear to be aimed at the joint drill, the JCS spokesman told AFP without elaborating further.

The two countries staged a joint anti-submarine drill in September 2010, months after Seoul accused Pyongyang of torpedoing a warship with the loss of 46 lives in the Yellow Sea.

The North denied it sank the ship, but in November that year it shelled Yeonpyeong island, leaving two civilians among the four dead.

Seoul since then has strengthened troops and weaponry on its five frontline islands.

The sea border off the west coast has been the scene of deadly naval clashes in 1999, 2002 and 2009. The North refuses to recognise the boundary drawn by United Nations forces after the 1950-53 war and insists it should be moved southwards.

The Key Resolve drill between the South and the US will start on February 27 and continue until March 9. Separately, a joint air, ground and naval field training exercise known as Foal Eagle will be held from March 1 to April 30.

North Korea has denounced the exercises as warmongering.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1183936/1/.html

North Korea warns of retaliation for South Korea drill

Map of Korean maritime border, language neutra...

SEOUL: North Korea’s military warned on Sunday it could bombard islands near the disputed Yellow Sea border with South Korea, accusing Seoul of planning a naval live-fire drill in the area.

The North’s Western Sector Command warned residents of five islands to “evacuate to safe areas” before what it said was the scheduled start time of the exercise on Monday morning.

Pyongyang has taken a hostile tone towards Seoul since Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of the late leader Kim Jong-Il, took over following the death of his father in December.

In a notice carried by Pyongyang’s official news agency, the military said Seoul’s government “should not forget the lesson” of the North’s bombardment of Yeonpyeong island in November 2010, which killed four South Koreans.

“Once the group of traitors starts a reckless military provocation…the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will promptly make merciless retaliatory strikes,” it said.

The North frequently warns the South against conducting live-fire exercises near the sea border, but there have been no incidents since Yeonpyeong.

A spokesman for the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said he was checking whether any such firing drill was scheduled for Monday.

Seoul’s defence ministry said earlier the US and South Korean navies will stage a joint anti-submarine drill in the Yellow Sea from Monday to Friday to guard against potential attacks by the communist state.

But the latest warning from Pyongyang does not appear to be aimed at the joint drill, the JCS spokesman told AFP without elaborating further.

The two countries staged a joint anti-submarine drill in September 2010, months after Seoul accused Pyongyang of torpedoing a warship with the loss of 46 lives in the Yellow Sea.

The North denied it sank the ship, but in November that year it shelled Yeonpyeong island, leaving two civilians among the four dead.

Seoul since then has strengthened troops and weaponry on its five frontline islands.

The sea border off the west coast has been the scene of deadly naval clashes in 1999, 2002 and 2009. The North refuses to recognise the boundary drawn by United Nations forces after the 1950-53 war and insists it should be moved southwards.

The Key Resolve drill between the South and the US will start on February 27 and continue until March 9. Separately, a joint air, ground and naval field training exercise known as Foal Eagle will be held from March 1 to April 30.

North Korea has denounced the exercises as warmongering.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1183936/1/.html