Unmanned vehicles/robots, some other stuffs:
And we now have AWACS. The Peace Eyes look good enough for the size of airspace that we need to defend, covering the entire Korean peninsula and the combined Korean maritime territories. But we lack aerial tankers, which I think is a mandatory component of any air force that intends to stand and deliver pain to an enemy for as long as possible. Our airspace is small and our enemies are direct neighbors, so distance probably might not be so big an issue, but it wouldn't hurt to increase loiter time of our aircraft.
Dedicated electronic warfare aircraft is an expensive business. The airframe and equipment themselves are expensive, but the data-gathering and analysis capability is even more so, and the vital experience cannot be bought with money. I don't know how serious the current ROKAF leadership is with that capability.
UAV. I had a little bit of deja vu... did you post these here already, Kadrun?
Same person. We need more ROKA officers like her. It will make the soldiers better understand what they are fighting for.
Still turned off?
Italy is afraid of Hyundai-Kia domination of the European automobile market. Well, along with Volkswagen. Hyundai-Kia... strong???Italy condemned over delay in 'historic' EU-Korea trade deal
I think this statistics shows well why Italy finds Korean automobile competition in Europe worrisome.
This helps explain Italy's behavior.
Italy is having a particularly rough time recovering from the global financial crisis. its export is plateuing, and Korea with its increasing export is likely shoot past Italy this year. It would be an understatement to simply say Italy doesn't like further competition from a very energetic economy in the EU market; Italy abhors it.S. Korea Likely To Become World's 7th-Largest Exporter
Tribute to Italy, and its automobile industry... Fiat 6614 in Korean service. Kia was the very company that license-produced this APC when Korea could not develop its own APCs.
ALQ-200 is a self-protection pod. The ROKAF entirely lacks any sort of EW support aircraft which is unfortunate because US EW aircraft are in such high demand they might not be available in the event of a contingency with nK. EW aircraft are expensive but bombs are more expensive in the long run especially when one considers that anything that the ROK blows up in nK, they are gonna have to pay for. Kinetic attacks also risk collateral damage which could make the nKs resist harder especially in a limited war such as regime collapse...
Are there any other suppliers of airborne EW platforms aside from the US? FAF, RAF, Luftwaffe, none of them seem to use a dedicated EW aircraft, so I'm guessing Europe doesn't have one. I don't know if IAF's EW are self-made or purchased from the US. We might have to contend with refurbished decade-old Prowlers that will be replaced by Growlers, considering ROKAF's serious budget limitation. I'm not sure the statistics of a full-blown Growler will survive its encounter with the stingy Korean parliament (neither would most existing transport hybrids such as EW Hercules that cost a lot more than Growlers do, I suspect). Or we could go ahead with a new dedicated EW plane design offered by an American company, like the one with Hawker 800, but we can hardly make any predictions along that road.
I don't think Prowler or Growler will ever be up for sale to a foreign services...at least not in USN standards.
Australia received approval for Growler purchase recently.
However, Australia's defense budget is bigger than Korea's, and especially due to greater land force and naval force commitments of the ROK military, budget of the ROKAF itself is a lot smaller compared to RAAF's own. So I don't think ROKAF can easily afford the same things RAAF can.
K-SAM Cheonma, courtesy of LIG Nex1 and Samsung Thales. We have a very high concentration of this system around Seoul. ROKN should consider equipping K-SAM on FFX just like on the La Fayette, but not replacing the RAM.
Here's the link to a documentary about the famed amateur body armor rock and rolling in Mongolia (unfortunately it's all briefed in Korean). First customers were Russian businessmen and the Mongolian 801st Special Strike Force. He's selling 50 of the armors each month from his cottage factory.
He was developing a new case with personally synthesized composite materials to be used in a learning device (to avoid scratches, breakage, etc). He found out that the materials he synthesized stopped chisels, knives, hammers, and eventually bullets. So he began developing body armor with those bullet-proof materials, at the expense of appearing kinda crazy by his wife and parents. He sought for technical validation and sponsorship among Korean academics and business firms for his body armor, but he was unsuccessful. So he went to Mongolia in search of better R&D opportunities, successfully tested his body armor, earned sponsorship from Mongolian cottage businesses, and began selling them to foreign customers. The customers respond that the armor's really cool.
And yeah, that's a T-55 tank he's driving at the end. Maybe he wants to develop composite armors for the Mongolian army tanks next.