SEOUL — Strategic competition with Japan, China and Russia is at least as strong a motivation behind South Korea’s F-X Phase 3 program for 60 fighters as dealing with the North Korean threat, according to government officials in Seoul. “Our neighbors are upgrading their fighter technology, so we must do so too,” says one government official. A second official, with deep insight into the country’s defense requirements, goes further: the 60 Boeing F-15Ks that South Korea has from the F-X ...


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