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  • Finland 'finds Patriot missiles' on China-bound ship

    12/21/2011 3:22:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/21/11 | BBC
    The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say. Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard. Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked "fireworks". The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week. Dock workers became suspicious after finding explosives poorly stored on open pallets, and the missiles were then found in containers marked "fireworks". The managing director of the ship's owner, Thorco Shipping,...
  • Daewoo Shipbuilding Bags Order for 3 Subs from Indonesia

    12/20/2011 7:10:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Daewoo Shipbuilding Bags Order for 3 Subs from Indonesia Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said it picked up a huge order to build submarines from the Indonesian Ministry of Defense on Wednesday. The company will build three 1,400-ton class diesel-powered submarines in a project worth about W1.3 trillion (US$1=W1,162), representing the biggest single export contract in the history of Korea’s defense industry. Daewoo now ranks as the first Korean company to export submarines it has created with its own technologies. It first received technological support from Germany in late 1988 and used this at the time to build a 1,200-ton...
  • South Korea unveils own interceptor missile

    12/15/2011 7:37:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2011-12-15
    South Korea unveils own interceptor missile 2011-12-15 21:23 South Korea on Thursday unveiled an indigenous interceptor missile built to counter North Korean jets and missiles. The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) introduced the Iron Hawk-II surface-to-air missile in a ceremony at its headquarters in Daejeon, about 160 kilometers south of Seoul. The ADD said it and 15 local defense companies built the missile after more than five years of work. Officials demonstrate how to load newly developed interceptor missiles onto missile launching pads at the Agency for Defense Development in Daejon, Thursday. (Yonhap News) According to the ADD, the Iron...
  • L.A. Chinese Consulate shooting: Protester fires at security guard

    12/15/2011 5:19:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    LAT ^ | 12/15/11
    <p>Los Angeles police said a protester apparently fired shots at a security guard outside the Chinese Consulate on Thursday afternoon, missing his target and hitting a building in the compound instead.</p> <p>There were no initial reports of injury, though details were still developing.</p>
  • Does This Design Of Two Towers Remind You Of Anything?

    12/09/2011 8:19:04 AM PST · by Just4Him · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/8/2011 | Liz Klimas
    These residential high-rise buildings to be completed in Seoul, South Korea, by 2015 are connected in the middle by a cloud, which the designer says “differentiates the building from other luxury developments.” The towers designed by architects at MVRDV are 300 and 260 meters high with a “pixelated” cloud in the middle at the 27th floor. The cloud allows for more light and room for decks and greenspace.
  • Korea to purchase 170 stealth cruise missiles next year

    12/06/2011 7:10:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 12-06-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Korea to purchase 170 stealth cruise missiles next year Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Designed to destroy high value targets By Lee Tae-hoon Korea will purchase some 170 air-to-surface stealth cruise missiles next year capable of destroying high value targets such as military leaders or launching pads for nuclear weapons, multiple sources said Tuesday. A National Assembly official said the government has set aside 388 billion won ($343 million) to procure 177 low-observable, long-range, precision guided stand-off missiles that can be launched from F-15Ks, F-16Ks and other advanced jets after system integration. He said the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) from...
  • CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY

    11/29/2011 5:36:55 PM PST · by justsaynomore · 51 replies
    Herman Cain Web Site ^ | 11/29/11 | Herman Cain
    CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY The Americas Mexico: Friend and Partner Mexico is a friend in need. Our southern neighbor is struggling with drug-related violence that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives over the past several years. By standing with Mexico now to help it solve its increasingly severe economic and security problems, we will help solve the problem of illegal immigration at home. Some 40% of Mexicans believe Mexico is a failed state. This helps explain why so many are seeking to emigrate. With declining oil reserves, a looming water shortage in Mexico City, and youth...
  • News analysis: Israel facing dilemma over S.Korean, Italian bid contest of jet trainer

    11/27/2011 8:39:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2011-11-28 | Adam Gonn
    News analysis: Israel facing dilemma over S.Korean, Italian bid contest of jet trainer JERUSALEM, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The contest over who will sell the Israeli Air Force its new combat training jets continues to heat up, despite the fact that an official tender isn't expected to be issued until early 2012. The two competitors are the Italian Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master, and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50. A South Korean delegation is expected to visit Israel next month to propose increased cooperation between the two nations and a potential five billion U.S. dollar commercial package by Israeli defense firms...
  • Robotic prison wardens to patrol South Korean prison

    11/25/2011 9:45:59 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 November 2011 | BBC
    A jail in the eastern city of Pohang plans to run a month-long trial with three of the automatons in March. The machines will monitor inmates for abnormal behaviour. Researchers say they will help reduce the workload for other guards. South Korea aims to be a world leaders in robotics. Business leaders believe the field has the potential to become a major export industry. The three 5ft-high (1.5m) robots involved in the prison trial have been developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections, a South Korean group of researchers who specialise in criminality and prison policies. It said the robots...
  • I AM your Kingdom Walk and Existence \o/

    11/23/2011 1:35:44 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-23-11 | Jedediah
    Ordinary measures are not warranted anymore for I have overcome for you and in Me you reside in the heavenlies. So cast off your flesh when it distracts you from My Will of virtue and Righteousness and "Remain" in "MY" Loyalty for I AM all you need to KNOW! John 15:9 (AMP) 9I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [[a]continue in His love with Me]. Acts 17:28 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his...
  • Is South Korea Stealing U.S. Weapons Technologies?

    11/22/2011 2:48:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Minyanville ^ | November 21, 2011 | Sterling Wong
    Is South Korea Stealing U.S. Weapons Technologies? Let’s say one hears rumblings that certain East Asian countries are stealing US defense technology. Naturally, the immediate assumption is that it’s the North Koreans or the Chinese. Little would anyone expect that it is South Korea, one of the US’s staunchest allies, who might be doing some copyright law-breaking. According to Korean newspaper the Chosun Ilbo, there had been talk in recent weeks that American intelligence agencies were investigating Korean defense companies to see if they had developed weapons based on stolen US military technologies. “The rumors began circulating after an unusual...
  • China: Don't take peaceful approach for granted (Chicom state propaganda)

    11/09/2011 2:41:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Global Times ^ | 10/25/11
    Don't take peaceful approach for granted Global Times | October 25, 2011 01:22 By Global Times Recently, both the Philippines and South Korean authorities have detained fishing boats from China, and some of those boats haven't been returned. China has been increasingly confronted with sea disputes and challenged by tough stances from the countries involved. These events have been promoting hawkish responses within China, asking the government to take action. China has emphasized its reluctance in solving disputes at sea via military means on many occasions. Peace is vital for its own economic development. But some of China's neighboring countries...
  • Korea seeks to buy 4 air tankers in 2014

    11/08/2011 6:31:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 11-08-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Korea seeks to buy 4 air tankers in 2014 An F-15K fighter of the Korean Air Force, bottom, engages in an aerial refueling exercise with a U.S. military KC-135 tanker over the West Sea on Sept. 16. / Courtesy of the Korean Air Force By Lee Tae-hoon Military officials said Tuesday that Korea plans to push forward the long-delayed plan to purchase four aerial refueling aircraft to boost the country’s air defense capabilities. The plan has been shelved since 1994 due to budget constraints and shifts in priorities. “The military is seeking to finalize the decision next year and include...
  • Gunship offer hard to refuse for Seoul (Turkey-Korea)

    11/05/2011 6:39:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | November 4, 2011 | ÜM&#304;T ENG&#304;NSOY
    Gunship offer hard to refuse for Seoul ÜMİT ENGİNSOY ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News Friday, November 4, 2011 Turkey’s TAI and Italy’s AgustaWestland have a good chance of winning a bid to jointly produce 30 helicopters for South Korea, an official tells the Daily News A team of Turkish and Italian companies is seeking to win a South Korean contract for 30 attack helicopters worth $1 billion with the group’s T-129 gunship, a senior Turkish procurement official said Nov. 2. “South Korea’s competition is a major one for at least 30 gunships and the T-129 has been shortlisted among a...
  • U.S. Suspects Korea of Stealing Weapons Technology (South)

    11/01/2011 8:11:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    U.S. Suspects Korea of Stealing Weapons Technology Korean and U.S. military officers earlier this year investigated suspicions by the U.S. government that Korea illegally disassembled F-15K fighter jet equipment for low-altitude night penetration attacks. An official with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration on Monday said the chief of the U.S. Defense Technology Security Administration raised suspicions in a meeting with a senior DAPA official in early June that Korea illegally disassembled Tiger Eye, a key component of the cutting-edge U.S.-made fighter jets. The U.S. suspects this was done to steal the technology, since Korea is an aspiring player in the...
  • State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama memoir (Huh??)

    10/25/2011 2:11:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-25-11 | Jim McElhatton
    The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release. The U.S. embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order with the same book seller, Kalemat Arabia, for more than $9,000 for copies of the same book, federal purchasing records show. Around the same time, halfway around the world,...
  • Lockheed Martin commands lead in Korea’s FX-race

    10/24/2011 5:30:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 10-24-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Lockheed Martin commands lead in Korea’s FX-race An F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter carries out a test flight from a U.S. air base in this undated photo. / Courtesy of Lockheed Martin By Lee Tae-hoon One of the most-talked-about news this year was that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could not come out of his underground bunker for nine days, fearful of the F-22 Raptors in the skies above during a joint military drill between South Korea and the United States late last year. The surprising news clearly demonstrated the power of deterrence that stealth fighter jets can offer...
  • SEOUL AIR SHOW: KF-X vision unveiled

    10/21/2011 9:01:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Flight Global ^ | October 21, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    SEOUL AIR SHOW: KF-X vision unveiled In a seminar today at the Seoul Air Show, South Korean government officials outlined the strategy and plans for the KF-X, a twin-engined stealth fighter with a design goal of achieving manoeuvrability, speed and range performance between a Lockheed Martin F-16 and a Boeing F-15. South Korea wants to develop the KF-X over the next nine years, with mass production beginning after 2020. Indonesia has already joined the programme, and talks with Turkey are continuing. If developing an all-new stealth fighter is not enough of a challenge, South Korea also intends to equip the...
  • Digital textbooks open a new chapter

    10/19/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | October 18th 2011 | Gary Eason
    South Korea, one of the world's highest-rated education systems, aims to consolidate its position by digitising its entire curriculum. By 2015, it wants to be able to deliver all its curriculum materials in a digital form through computers. The information that would once have been in paper textbooks will be delivered on screen. South Korea's Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Ju-Ho Lee, said that his department was preparing a promotion strategy for "Smart Education", focusing on customised learning and teaching. The project, launched during the summer, will involve wireless networks in all schools to allow students to learn "whenever...
  • Freedom Confronts Tyranny: A Visit to the Demilitarized Zone

    10/15/2011 10:24:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    Nowhere on earth does the contrast between freedom and tyranny, and their corollary prosperity and poverty, reveal itself more vividly than on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea has boomed, producing an ultramodern high tech society whose corporate giants vie for leadership in global industry after industry, and whose popular culture is consumed all over East Asia. In the North, under the hereditary Stalinist Kim dynasty, a million or more citizens died in a famine, and widespread malnutrition has made the younger generation inches shorter than their Southern neighbors, on average, and the people have no access to foreign media or...
  • Eurojet offers Korea chance to join consortium

    10/14/2011 8:24:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Korea Times ^ | 10-14-2011 | Jung Sung-ki
    Eurojet offers Korea chance to join consortium By Jung Sung-ki Korea has a chance to join a European military engine consortium for joint manufacturing, development and marketing. The offer is conditional to the country deciding to power its new-generation aircraft with a European engine, according to a key executive from Eurojet Turbo GmbH. Eurojet is a four-nation military aerospace engine consortium involving the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Germany. The consortium has already secured orders of 1,500 EJ200 engines internationally and expects hundreds more, according to Paul Herrmann, Eurojet’s vice president-sales, as India and other nations are considering buying Eurofighter...
  • South Korea weighs options to replace F-4E Phantoms

    10/14/2011 6:29:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 10/14/2011 | Greg Waldron
    South Korea weighs options to replace F-4E Phantoms By: Greg Waldron Singapore "Korea is faced with a vast array of growing threats, both in the air and on the ground" - Lockheed Martin South Korea is surrounded. To the south, east and west lie the sea. To the north lies its arch-rival North Korea. While the region south of Seoul is full of industrial and residential development, the 50km (31-mile) stretch to the demilitarised zone that has divided Korea since 1953 is barely developed, only rolling hills and forest under blue skies. "Property gets cheaper the further north you go,"...
  • N.Korea Moves Arms Closer to Border

    10/13/2011 6:07:14 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 51 replies
    N.Korea Moves Arms Closer to Border 10/13/11 North Korea has recently moved fighter jets near the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border, and ground-to-air missiles close to Baeknyeong Island. There is speculation that it plans a minor provocation while South Korean president Lee Myung-bak visits the U.S. since any show of unity between the two allies tends to incense the North. "The North Korean military was seen moving mobile missile launchers at a ground-to-ship missile base near the NLL," a government source said. "There's likelihood that the North will launch a military provocation" while Lee is away. The...
  • Congress passes 3 free trade agreements (Bush signed, Obama delayed 3 yrs)

    10/13/2011 2:05:59 AM PDT · by Clairity · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 13, 2011 | Jim Abrams
    Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. Republicans criticized Obama for taking several years to send the agreements, all signed in the President George W. Bush administration, to Congress for final approval. Many among Obama's core supporters, including organized labor and Democrats from areas hit hard by foreign competition, were unhappy that the White House was espousing the...
  • The Persistence of Palin’s Power: US to Korea–UPDATED w/speech from Korea

    10/11/2011 12:28:50 PM PDT · by onyx · 53 replies
    C4P ^ | Jasmine Velasco
    While former Governor Sarah Palin is not seeking to become the next President of the United States, the rest of the world clearly is seeking her as a major player in the future of a global economy and international relations. As we head into the 2012 primaries and general election, the GOP Establishment and others would be wise to regard her likewise.Tomorrow Palin will address an international audience at The World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, South Korea (www.wkforum.org) during a 3-day conference titled “The New Economic Crisis: Reforming Global Leadership and Asia’s Challenge.” She will be among Economists (Asian...
  • Korea to make $1.1 bil. sub sale to Indonesia

    10/11/2011 7:10:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 10-11-2011 | Jung Sung-ki
    Korea to make $1.1 bil. sub sale to Indonesia By Jung Sung-ki Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has begun final-phase negotiations with the Indonesian government over the construction and sale of three 1,300-ton, Type-209 submarines valued at $1.1 billion, the company said Tuesday. Korea’s biggest arms sale is expected to be completed by November. Previously, a $400 million deal with Indonesia to sell 16 T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer jets, jointly built by Korea Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin of the United States, was the biggest weapons sale. “We have launched talks to sign a contract with Indonesia’s defense...
  • South Korea threatens to cancel all defense deals with Israel

    10/09/2011 6:05:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | 06.10.11 | Amos Harel
    South Korea threatens to cancel all defense deals with Israel South Korea threat comes in response to fear that Israel Air Force has decided to purchase a new training plane from rival Italy. By Amos Harel The purchase of the Israel Air Force's new training plane is causing serious diplomatic tension between Israel and South Korea: Fearing that Israel has already decided on a rival plane made in Italy, the Koreans are now threatening in return to cancel all their deals for purchasing Israeli defense systems. In recent years, the South Koreans have purchased an average of $280 million a...
  • Asia’s new model company (Samsung)

    10/05/2011 8:39:02 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 3 replies
    THE founders of South Korea’s chaebol (conglomerates) were an ambitious bunch. Look at the names they picked for their enterprises: Daewoo (“Great Universe”), Hyundai (“The Modern Era”) and Samsung (“Three Stars”, implying a business that would be huge and eternal). Samsung began as a small noodle business in 1938. Since then it has swelled into a network of 83 companies that account for a staggering 13% of South Korea’s exports. The hottest chilli in the Samsung kimchi bowl is Samsung Electronics, which started out making clunky transistor radios but is now the world’s biggest technology firm, measured by sales. It...
  • Foreign aircraft builders vie for lucrative Korean project

    09/27/2011 8:25:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Dong-A Ilbo, South Korea ^ | SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
    Foreign aircraft builders vie for lucrative Korean project SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 03:28 “The Rafale took the lead (built by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation) by a narrow margin in the first stage of the assessment, but considering interoperability and the alliance between Korea and the U.S., we have finally chosen the F-15K (built by the American company Boeing).” When the Korean Defense Ministry announced in 2002 the selection of the F-15K for the first stage of its fighter jet development project called Fighter eXperimental, or FX, opinions were mixed. Some said it was a fully expected result under the Korea-U.S....
  • South Korea: Kids, Stop Studying So Hard!

    09/26/2011 3:22:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Time ( Via Yahoo News ) ^ | 09/26/2011 | Amanda Ripley in Seoul
    On a wet Wednesday evening in Seoul, six government employees gather at the office to prepare for a late-night patrol. The mission is as simple as it is counterintuitive: to find children who are studying after 10 p.m. And stop them. In South Korea, it has come to this. To reduce the country's addiction to private, after-hours tutoring academies (called hagwons), the authorities have begun enforcing a curfew - even paying citizens bounties to turn in violators. (See pictures of Seoul, the world's most connected city.) The raid starts in a leisurely way. We have tea, and I am offered...
  • S. Korea to develop own Patriot missile to intercept N. Korean missiles: sources

    09/23/2011 8:04:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    S. Korea to develop own Patriot missile to intercept N. Korean missiles: sources SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is pushing for the development of its own version of advanced Patriot missiles to counter North Korean ballistic missiles, military sources said Friday. Multiple sources said the state-run Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DATQ) will complete by the end of this year its preliminary research on long-range surface-to-air missiles (L-SAMs), which could intercept North Korean ballistic missiles or fighter jets at high altitudes. According to the sources, the military will finalize the basic outline for further development around January...
  • Lockheed to assemble Korean T-50 jets

    09/15/2011 8:37:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2011-09-15 | Song Sang-ho
    Lockheed to assemble Korean T-50 jets 2011-09-15 19:49 U.S. company hints at transferring some of stealth technologies to S. Korea FORT WORTH, Texas ― Lockheed Martin will establish facilities in the U.S. for the final assembly of Korea’s T-50 supersonic aircraft to meet the possible U.S. demand for trainer jets, a senior official at the defense giant said last week. It has already reached an agreement on this with Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker which developed the T-50 with technological assistance from Lockheed Martin. The move triggered concerns that the U.S. assembly line would decrease the profits...
  • S.Korea, Texas Sign Agreement for Mutual Recognition of Drivers Licenses

    09/09/2011 12:02:11 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 15 replies
    KBS World ^ | September 9, 2011 | KBS World
    The Foreign Ministry says the government and the U.S. state of Texas have signed a memorandum of understanding for the mutual recognition of driving licenses in each others’ territories. The two sides on Friday agreed to mutually recognize nonprofit driving licenses held by citizens and residents of both sides. Texas is the fifth American state with which Seoul signed the agreement, after Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Massachusetts. A ministry official said that the agreement will bring great benefit to South Koreans staying in or visiting to Texas, adding the government will continue to make efforts to ensure that South Korean...
  • Republicans ask Obama to send Congress trade pacts (South Korea, Panama and Colombia)

    09/07/2011 2:54:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/7/11 | Doug Palmer - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly a dozen Republican senators on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to quickly send Congress three long-delayed trade deals that they said would help put Americans back to work. "If the president really cares about jobs, he will send up the agreements immediately," Senator Rob Portman told reporters, referring to deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia signed more than four years ago. With Obama set to outline his ideas for reducing high U.S. unemployment in a speech on Thursday night, Senator Mike Johanns urged the president to announce that he will send the pacts to Congress...
  • Why are three free-trade deals languishing on Obama’s desk?

    09/06/2011 5:02:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 5 | Mitch McConnell
    According to the White House, President Obama has been huddling with advisers on a jobs plan he’ll present to Congress this week. One thing he could do immediately is finalize the free-trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama that have been languishing on his desk. For nearly three years, Republicans and a number of Democrats have been calling on the president to approve these deals to create a level playing field with America’s competitors overseas, vastly expand the market for U.S. goods, strengthen our ties with three important allies and create jobs for Americans. Yet the deals have been...
  • S.Korea to deploy Israeli missiles at border island-media

    09/06/2011 5:48:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Sep 2011 | Jeremy Laurence
    S.Korea to deploy Israeli missiles at border island-media 06 Sep 2011 10:24 SEOUL, Sep 6 (Reuters) - South Korea has agreed to purchase precision-guided missiles from an Israeli company as part of efforts to increase security near a tense border with North Korea off the west coast, South Korean media reported on Tuesday. Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying Seoul had recently agreed to buy Spike NLOS missiles, and that they should be deployed late next year. About 50 missiles will be placed on Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands in the Yellow Sea, the source added. Four South...
  • Governor Palin to Reportedly Make an October Speech in South Korea

    08/31/2011 9:46:41 PM PDT · by ak267 · 30 replies
    C4P ^ | 8-31-2011 | Whitney Pitcher
    By Whitney Pitcher (C4P): Governor Palin will reportedly make a speech in South Korea in October. This will mark the third trip to Asia in just over two years for the Governor. She delivered two weighty policy speeches in her previous trips: one at a business convention in Hong Kong in September of 2009 and in India this past spring as well focusing on foreign, energy and economic policies. This upcoming speech seems to be another policy heavy speech as well.
  • Exclusive: Obama moves to sell Northrop drones to South Korea

    08/31/2011 9:26:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 31, 2011
    Exclusive: Obama moves to sell Northrop drones to South Korea Wed, Aug 31 2011 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has begun consulting Congress on plans to sell remotely piloted Global Hawk surveillance planes to South Korea, which came close to all-out war with North Korea last year, two people familiar with the matter said. Among those briefed have been the Senate's and House of Representatives' foreign affairs committees, which have jurisdiction over arms sales, the people familiar with the matter said. There was no immediate word on when formal notification of a proposed sale might take place, nor on...
  • Sarah Palin to visit South Korea (Newsworthy *IF* true)

    08/31/2011 7:49:14 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 7 replies
    channelnewsasia ^ | Wednesday August 31, 2011
    <p>SEOUL: US conservative politician Sarah Palin will visit South Korea for the first time to speak at a Seoul forum in October, the organisers said Thursday.</p> <p>Maeil Business Newspaper said the former vice presidential candidate would make a keynote opening speech at the forum organised by the paper from October 11 to 13.</p>
  • Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (South Korea)

    08/31/2011 6:10:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (Source: Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense; dated Aug. 23, 2011) The South Korean Navy is planning to load man-portable Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), so-called Mistral, to all patrol boats in operation in due order to use them in antiaircraft and antiship defense purpose. “The Navy will load Mistrals onto patrol boats that are deployed in the Yellow Sea [near the Northern Limit Line] starting the end of this month,” said an official under the Naval Operations Command. “Eventually, all patrol boats will be equipped with such weapon and we...
  • Turkey holding rival talks on aircraft with Koreans, Swedes

    08/22/2011 8:42:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey ^ | August 22, 2011 | ÜM&#304;T ENG&#304;NSOY
    Turkey holding rival talks on aircraft with Koreans, Swedes ÜMİT ENGİNSOY ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News Monday, August 22, 2011 Besides an ongoing plan to develop a fighter jet program with the US or Europe, Turkey is seeking to broaden its fleet with a second option. South Korea’s KAI and Sweden’s Saab are the two possible partners, according to a Turkish procurement official. Turkey is supposed to take part in the design of the possible project Turkey recently had held separate talks with aeronautical officials from South Korea and Sweden for possible cooperation in the design, development and production of...
  • Supersonic Cruise Missile in Development (South Korea)

    08/16/2011 8:48:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Supersonic Cruise Missile in Development South Korea is developing a supersonic cruise missile that can be used to attack aircraft carriers, Aegis ships and up-to-date destroyers. "Think tanks like the Agency for Defense Development have been developing a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile for some years now. They're expected to complete development in three to four years at the earliest," a government source said Tuesday. The missile under development is modeled after Russia's powerful Yakhont missile, which is 8.9 m long and weighs 3 tons, but will be smaller, the source added. It will be able to reach speeds of up...
  • Seoul to Deploy Sub-Killer Torpedoes

    08/15/2011 9:04:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Seoul to Deploy Sub-Killer Torpedoes The Navy will deploy Korean-made Hongsangeo (Red Shark) "submarine-killer" torpedoes on the Navy's top-end Aegis destroyer this month, it emerged on Sunday. "The Navy installed a torpedo launch system on the King Sejong the Great late last month and began the final sea acceptance test on Aug. 8," a military source said. "The tests are going well, so it'll be possible to deploy the torpedoes on the destroyer sometime late this month." The Hongsangeo is an anti-submarine missile that is launched vertically to avoid detection by enemy submarines and to increase its range. It is...
  • U.S. Budget Cuts Will Reshape Power Balance in Northeast Asia

    08/11/2011 9:14:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Budget Cuts Will Reshape Power Balance in Northeast Asia The U.S. defense budget amounts to approximately US$700 billion a year, 10 times higher than China's. But the U.S. has decided on drastic cuts to its defense spending, which account for around 20 percent of the national budget. The Obama administration intends to cut defense spending by $400 billion over the next decade, and U.S. media forecast between $550 billion to $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years. China, on the other hand, has the biggest foreign currency reserves in the world and has been boosting its annual...
  • Korea awaits new partner for $5 bil. fighter program

    08/03/2011 9:39:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 08-03-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Korea awaits new partner for $5 bil. fighter program By Lee Tae-hoon The door is open for another country or foreign firm to participate in Seoul’s initiative to develop a new combat aircraft with a budget of $5 billion, defense officials here said. “Many countries, including the United Arab Emirates, have shown interest in investing in the project,” Noh Dae-rae, head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration Commissioner, said Tuesday. “We are planning to allow another country with the most attractive offer to join the KF-X program.” The KF-X program refers to the multirole fighter development program that Seoul has...
  • Americans favored in fight to replace Korea’s F-4s

    08/01/2011 11:17:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/08/11 | Greg Waldron
    Americans favored in fight to replace Korea’s F-4s By Greg Waldron South Korea faces a threat to its existence - in the shape of its neighbour, North Korea. Though its air force is obsolete, Pyongyang would enter a conflict with the ability to inflict immense damage in a short time. It has made little secret of its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and the missiles to carry them, and it has over 1,000 artillery pieces within firing range of South Korea's capital, Seoul - with many in hardened bunkers. There is also China to consider, which has long served as...
  • Korea gets 1st early warning aircraft

    08/01/2011 5:31:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 08-01-2011 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Korea gets 1st early warning aircraft Korea’s first early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft flies toward Gimhae Air Base near Busan after undergoing modification work and tests at Boeing’s Seattle plant, Monday. / Yonhap By Lee Tae-hoon Korea’s first early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, to be deployed next month, arrived at an Air Force base Monday, an official of the country’s defense procurement agency said. “The first one arrived at Gimhae Air Base today from Boeing’s factory in Seattle and it will be deployed for use by the Air Force in early September after undergoing final flight tests and...
  • S. Korea, Indonesia to launch partnership for Seoul's fighter jet project

    08/01/2011 5:23:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 2011/08/01 | Yoo Jee-ho
    S. Korea, Indonesia to launch partnership for Seoul's fighter jet project By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Indonesia will this week launch their partnership for Seoul's project to develop new stealth fighter jets, local procurement officials said Monday. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), defense and procurement officials from the two countries will mark the beginning of their partnership in an opening ceremony of their new joint research center on Tuesday in Daejeon, some 160 kilometers south of Seoul. Noh Dae-rae, head of DAPA, and Eris Herryanto, secretary general of the Indonesian defense...
  • Rain triggers more landslides, flash floods in S. Korea

    07/30/2011 7:06:28 PM PDT · by moviefan8 · 9 replies
    Asiaone.com ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 | unknown
    SEOUL - Heavy rains, which drenched Seoul and the central regions from Tuesday, continued Thursday, triggering more deadly landslides and flash floods. The official death toll reached 53 as of 4 p.m., while 14 others were reported missing, the National Emergency Management Agency said. The tally is likely to climb as rescuers search for the victims and reports continue to come in, it said. "Residents need to remain on alert for more landslides or flash floods," an NEMA official said. From Tuesday till 4 p.m. Thursday Seoul registered 534 millimeters of rain, the heaviest downpour on record. Other central regions...
  • South Korean scientists create glowing dog: report

    07/27/2011 7:32:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:20am EDT | (Reporting by Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)
    South Korean scientists said on Wednesday they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, Yonhap news agency reported. A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said. The researchers, who completed a two-year test, said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog's food. "The creation of...