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Kim Minseok

Kim
Minseok
South Korea Correspondent

Kim Minseok covers South Korean defense. He has worked as a journalist for South Korean military magazines Military Review and Defense Times. Mr Kim is also a research fellow at the Korea Defense and Security Forum, a think tank.

Articles
KF-X Prototype Manufacturing Begins 
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has begun building the first prototype for the KF-X fighter program, following completion of the critical design review in September.
S. Korean Air Force Battling Navy Push For F-35Bs 
The South Korean air force is opposing a navy push for the defense ministry to order Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightnings in a contract that could be placed around 2024, according to industry sources close to the service.
South Korea Chooses LIG Nex1 For Air-To-Ground Missile 
South Korea has chosen LIG Nex1 as the maker of an air-to-ground cruise missile that the country’s defense technology agency has been working on.
Raytheon Proposes Ground-Surveillance System To S. Korea 
Raytheon is proposing a multisensor aircraft based on the Bombardier Global 6500 for a South Korean ground-surveillance requirement, partnering with Korean Air.
Raytheon Proposes Ground-Surveillance System To S. Korea 
Raytheon is proposing a multisensor aircraft based on the Bombardier Global 6500 for a South Korean ground-surveillance requirement, partnering with Korean Air.
North Korea Test Fires New SLBM 
North Korea has test fired what appeared to be a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Oct. 2, demonstrating what an analyst estimates as a range capability of possibly more than 3,000 km (2,000 mi.).
S. Korea To Develop Laser To Kill Small Drones 

SEOUL—The South Korean defense ministry said it will develop a laser weapon for destroying small drones.

The system will be able to destroy drones of 10–20 kg (20–40 lb.) weight at a range of several kilometers (more than 1 mi.), an industry source said.

Hanwha will make the prototype, the ministry said, adding that its own Agency for Defense Development (ADD) would lead work on the system, the Laser Air Defense Weapon Block 1.

Saudi Arabia Seeks S. Korean Help With Air Defense 
The approach to South Korea appears to improve the chances of LIG Nex1 selling the Chunggung surface-to-air system to Saudi Arabia.
South Korean Ministry Seeks Development Budget Surge 
The KAI KF-X program is a factor in the South Korean defense ministry’s 2020 budget request of 50 trillion won.
South Korean Defense Request To Show Priorities 
The South Korean defense ministry will reveal within a few weeks which are the earliest-priority items in a five-year spending plan.
New South Korean, North Korean Ballistic Missiles Emerge  1
The two Koreas are both making strides in ballistic missile technology. The latest North Korean weapon looks similar to, but larger than, South Korea’s KTSSM.
North Korea Tests Another New Type Of SRBM 
North Korea has flown a new type of short-range ballistic missile (SRBM), just days after tests of the KN-23 weapon, first revealed in February 2018.
Hanwha Offers Mobile Export Version Of KTSSM 
Hanwha is offering a road-mobile variant of the KTSSM for export, even before the South Korean army deploys the short-range ballistic missile next year.
South Korea Moving Toward F-35B Acquisition  2
Still wanting 20 more fighters, the air force’s interest has drifted away from a repeat order for F-35As.
KAI Selling 10 FA-50s To Argentina, Reports Say 
KAI would deliver two FA-50s in 2020 and eight in 2021 under the proposed deal, South Korean news service Maeil reported.

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