South Korea developing more powerful missiles to deter North Korea

South Korea is in the final stages of developing a ballistic missile that can carry a warhead of up to 3 tons, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, September 2, as the country unveiled budget proposals aimed at bolstering its defenses against North Korea. In its defense blueprint for 2022-2026, the defense ministry said it… Continue reading South Korea developing more powerful missiles to deter North Korea

DND to purchase new anti-submarine torpedoes from Korea

ROKS Seoae Yu Seong-ryong (DDG-993)

The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has struck a deal to procure new anti-submarine torpedoes to LIG Nex1, a South Korean defense company that would supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with its K745 Blue Shark lightweight torpedoes. The quantity was not specified, however it was estimated to be roughly P722.3 million (US$15 million). The… Continue reading DND to purchase new anti-submarine torpedoes from Korea

South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

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South Korea and the United States will begin their annual joint military drills on Monday, August 16, the South’s military said on Sunday, August 15, amid North Korea’s warnings of a diplomatic and security crisis. South Korea and the United States regularly stage military exercises, mainly in the spring and summer, but North Korea has… Continue reading South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

North Korea not picking up hotlines after warning South, US over joint drills

North Korea did not answer routine calls on inter-Korean hotlines on Tuesday, August 10, South Korea said, hours after a senior official in Pyongyang warned the South and the United States over annual joint military drills set to begin this week. Kim Yo-Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, accused South Korea… Continue reading North Korea not picking up hotlines after warning South, US over joint drills

Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

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Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the United States, analysts say. China is mass producing its DF-26 – a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres –… Continue reading Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

US military orders shelter-in-place on 2 bases in South Korea

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Following a spate of coronavirus illnesses, the US Forces in Korea (USFK) announced on Saturday, January 16, that two of its largest bases – US Army Garrison Yongsan and Camp Humphreys – had been put under a shelter in place until Tuesday, January 19. Camp Humphreys, located in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, is the largest US military base outside… Continue reading US military orders shelter-in-place on 2 bases in South Korea

Iran seizes South Korean-tanker, Seoul demands release

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Iranian media said on Monday, January 4, that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps captured a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf seas, at a time when Tehran and Seoul are at odds over Iranian funds held in South Korean banks due to US sanctions. Seoul confirmed the seizure of a South Korean chemical tanker off the coast… Continue reading Iran seizes South Korean-tanker, Seoul demands release

Philippine Navy inspection team approves BRP Antonio Luna

BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), the Philippine Navy’s second frigate, has completed its sea acceptance trials, which culminated in a series of warfare capability demonstrations off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea, from December 14 to 18, 2020. After personally observing the warship’s performance during the sea trials, Rear Admiral Alberto B. Carlos, the chairman of the… Continue reading Philippine Navy inspection team approves BRP Antonio Luna