Wavell Room – South Korea’s possession and development of ballistic missile capabilities has historically been something rarely featured in mainstream discussions and military profiles of the country. This is owing more towards South Korea’s desire to keep its missile capability and related developments as secretive as possible due to geopolitical sensitivities, than general disinterest in the subject both domestically or in international military circles. It is an undeniable fact however, that given North Korea’s ongoing pursuit of developing nuclear weapons and the relevant ballistic missile capabilities to launch them, South Korea would have to make commensurate investments into similar capabilities for its own national security interests and overall survival.
Category Archives: SouthKoreanNavy
South Korea Reveals New Unmanned ‘Navy Sea GHOST’ Concept
USNI News – During a ceremony that marked the 77th anniversary of its founding on Nov. 11, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy revealed a new operational concept combining manned and unmanned systems.
South Korea Drops Aircraft Carrier Ambitions, Doubles Down On Submarines
War Zone – South Korea’s ambitious plans to build its first aircraft carrier, known as CVX, appear to be under serious threat, with the news that the project has not been funded as part of the country’s proposed 2023 defense budget. That also raises questions about Seoul’s plans to operate F-35B stealth fighters but should be good news for its submarine fleet, which is earmarked to receive more funding, including for Dosan Ahn Changho class attack submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles.
ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho Deploys For The First Time
Naval News – On August 16th, the Republic of Korea Navy confirmed that its first ship-in-class KSS III ballistic missile submarine, ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho, has been operationally deployed for the first time. The feat is the culmination of three years of testing and trials following the submarine’s launch in 2018.
Seoul’s Misguided Desire for a Nuclear Submarine
US Naval War College Review – Rather than waste its money on nuclear submarines that would provide only a single-dimensional response, South Korea should lock down a superior ASW suite by combining new technologies with existing ROKN platforms to provide multiple mission capabilities for less money, including support by existing maintenance infrastructure.
South Korea Conducts Second SLBM Test From KSS-III Submarine
Naval News – The Republic of Korea Navy conducted a second successful test-firing of South Korea’s domestically designed submarine-launched ballistic missile from the KSS-III submarine ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho (SS-083).
South Korea Reveals Plans To Deter China Via A2/AD
Naval News – South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) proposed a blueprint to deter naval activities of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) in the West Sea (Yellow Sea) via anti-access/area denial (A2/AD).
South Korea’s Taiwan Conundrum
War on the Rocks – What would South Korea do if China attacked Taiwan?
South Korea’s First Nuclear Submarine Looks Closer
Navy News – Nuclear submarines offer significant advantages over non-nuclear ones. South Korea has been looking to acquire them for many years and now has the industry to do it.
The U.S. Wants South Korea To Help Take On The Chinese Military As Well As North Korea
War Zone – A new joint war plan is coming together and it envisages an expanded role for the South Korean military in the Asia Pacific region.
South Korea’s Navy Growing to Counter More Regional Threats Beyond North Korea
USNI News – The Republic of Korea Navy is no longer solely focused on the threat from its northern neighbor, but is embarking on an expansion to build a fully-fledged blue water fleet.
The Implications of Simultaneous Conflicts in South Korea and Taiwan
CIMSEC – Although the United States was able to deter China from invading Taiwan in 1950 despite its concurrent commitment of forces to defend South Korea against North Korean aggression, it may not be so successful today or in the near future given the current trend in the balance of military power.
South Korea Unveils New Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile
Naval News – New supersonic missile which seems to be based on the Russian Yakhont will provide the anti-surface warfare (ASuW) punch of the ROK Navy’s future KDDX and KDX III Batch 2 destroyers.
Game Changer: AIP Submarine Has Fired A Ballistic Missile For The First Time
Naval News – The latest non-nuclear submarines are much more stealthy and formidable than previous generations. Now the South Koreans have combined this with a ballistic missile capability. This could foreshadow a new dawn in submarine capabilities.
South Korea commissions first SLBM submarine
Defense Talk – South Korea’s Navy received its first ballistic-missile-capable submarine on Friday to counter the threat of underwater missiles from the nuclear-armed North.
(Thanks to Alain)
South Korea Conducts Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Test
Naval News – South Korea tested for the first time a submarine launched ballistic missile from a submerged barge last week.
South Korea Is Looking At Building A Way Bigger Carrier Than We Thought
War Zone – Rival designs are going head-to-head as South Korea seeks to put F-35 stealth fighters to sea.
MADEX 2021: HHI Unveils New CVX Aircraft Carrier Design
Naval News – A new design for CVX, South Korea’s light aircraft carrier program, was revealed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at MADEX 2021. The new design is significantly different from both HHI’s own previous design and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)’s current design.
South Korea’s New CVX Aircraft Carrier Project: An Overview
Naval News – Here is everything you need to know about the CVX project ahead of MADEX 2021
RoK Navy Issues New Images Of LPX-II As It Tries To Gain Public Support For Aircraft Carrier Program
Naval News – On 4 February 2021, the Republic of Korea (RoK) Navy held a seminar at the Chungnam National University to actively promote the LPX-II Light Aircraft Carrier program to South Korea’s public.
South Korean forces arrive in waters near strait of Hormuz amid Iran tensions
Guardian – South Korean forces have arrived in waters near the strait of Hormuz as pressure builds on Iran to free a South Korean tanker it seized along with its crew on Monday.
South Korea Officially Starts LPX-II Aircraft Carrier Program
Naval News – On 30 December 2020, details for South Korea’s LPX-II light aircraft carrier were finalized and the necessary budget was officially allocated in the 2020~2024 Mid-Term Defense Plan.
South Korea’s first training ship enters naval service
Defense News – South Korea’s Navy has received its first training ship, built with a reduced radar signature
South Korea To Double Down On F-35 And Procure STOVL Variant For LPX-II
Naval News – The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) has decided in August to double its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. A total of forty additional “Joint Strike Fighters” will be procured, including 20 F-35B short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant for its light aircraft carrier project known as LPX-II.
Defense Ministry plans to build enhanced ballistic missile submarines
– Korea Herald – The Defense Ministry said Monday it plans to roll out enhanced submarines in the next five years that will be capable of carrying more ballistic missiles, as part of a long-term initiative to beef up South Korea’s military capabilities.
(Thanks to Alain)
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