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Navy of the Republic of Korea is considering adopting aircraft carriers

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The Navy of the Republic of Korea is considering the possibility of adopting two light aircraft carriers to the 2036 year in the conditions of increasing the military power of the Chinese Navy and Japan, reports Defense News.


According to the source of the publication, currently the tactical and technical requirements for the ship have not been finally determined, however, the concept of the use of light aircraft carriers is being studied.

According to a member of the National Assembly Defense Committee Chiang Hee-soo (Chung Hee-soo), to resolve potential maritime disputes with neighboring countries, South Korea should adopt aircraft carriers as soon as possible. According to the parliamentarian, the Navy plans to implement the project in three phases.

Initially, a second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier should be put into service, which allows to receive aircraft with vertical take-off and landing. The ship can be delivered up to 2019 year and, if necessary, equipped with aircraft from the US, UK or Spain.

At the second stage, the Navy can build an amphibious assault helicopter carrier similar to the universal landing craft (UDC) "Juan Carlos I" (L-61) of the Spanish Navy.

At the final stage from 2028 to 2036. It is planned to build two 30000-ton light aircraft carriers with performance characteristics similar to the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour, which can receive up to 30 aircraft.

China adopted the first aircraft carrier last year and plans to put into service fleet three more. Japan, whose Navy is classified as a self-defense force, is adopting two 20000-ton class 22DDH helicopter destroyers similar to a small aircraft carrier.

Earlier, under the program to enhance combat capabilities, the command of the naval forces of the Republic of Korea has already announced its intention to acquire by 2023 three additional squadrons with the Aegis system in order to strengthen the country's defense capability in the face of increasing the combat potential of the fleets of the Asian region, threats from the DPRK and increasing tensions because of territorial disputes.

After 2023, the Navy of the Republic of Kazakhstan intends to start the implementation of a project to build six next-generation 5900-ton destroyers of the next generation KDDX.

The development of a multipurpose submarine continues. The fleet plans to adopt six more Type-1800 214-ton diesel submarines, which will increase their total number by 2023 to 9 units. Next will be adopted 9 units. 3000-ton heavy KSS-III submarines equipped with vertical launchers for cruise missiles with a launch range of 1500 km.

Navy plans also include the FFX program to build new frigates with advanced reconnaissance equipment and a wide range of weapons. They will replace the Ulsan class frigates and Pohang class corvettes. FFX ships must be built in two tranches (by 12 units) with the aim of introducing the fleet to 2026 ships by the 24 year.

In addition, the priority programs also include the purchase of observation and reconnaissance aircraft. In particular, the possibility of buying a Viking S-3 jet aircraft decommissioned by the US Navy in January 2009 is being considered. Purchase of 18 units is assumed. S-3 and modifying them to the new version. In the case of a positive decision, the Viking will become the first jet patrol aircraft as part of the South Korean fleet. Currently, the Navy of Kazakhstan operates 16 turboprop P-3CK.

To increase the capabilities of anti-submarine warfare, it is planned to purchase additional 6 new helicopters for the 2022 year.

In January of this year, Agusta / Westland entered into a contract worth 560 million for the supply of six AW-159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters to the South Korean fleet, which will be equipped with active submersible GAS to combat submarines.
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  1. mirag2
    mirag2 30 October 2013 11: 13
    +2
    South Koreans are developing their army.
    They did it right — at first they raised the economy, improved the welfare of the people, and then they took up the army, they bought equipment, and they developed their own, since they have modern technology.
    Although it cannot be otherwise, for they are the enemy of North Korea with nuclear weapons, and this is not a joke.
    Generally Koreans fellows — worked with them — polite, and work — with full dedication.
    I don’t remember, but they either have their first 2 years with a 6-day work week, without any holidays.
    Something like that, the conditions are harsh, but nothing, they live, because income allows you to pay for a satisfactory vacation, when there is a maza, which brightens up such a difficult life for them ...
  2. svp67
    svp67 30 October 2013 11: 16
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    What is he for them? The airfield network is quite extensive ... Strange. China as an adversary is ridiculous, for strikes on the ROK, China can also use the territory of the DPRK, and then aircraft carriers will not save, all the more lightweight ... Japan, of course, is an "enemy", but it will never fight alone, in any case the next half century, and against the combined forces of Japan and the United States, the ROK will not resist, and will not mess with, since it is itself under strong influence of the United States. So there is only one answer - the blockade and strikes along the coast of the DPRK ...
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 30 October 2013 11: 25
      +1
      Quote: svp67
      China as an adversary is ridiculous, for attacks on Kazakhstan, China can use the territory of the DPRK

      It is doubtful. China’s relations with the DPRK are far from encouraging. A year ago, even the implicit blockade of the DPRK was announced, without missing goods.
    2. Arberes
      Arberes 30 October 2013 11: 56
      +1
      Quote: svp67
      What is it for them?

      It's like on the street where there are gopnik hooligans. Brass knuckles will always come in handy!
      Their environment is hostile.
    3. avt
      avt 30 October 2013 16: 05
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      Quote: svp67
      What is it for them? The aerodrome network is quite extensive ...

      They did not read Oleg Kaptsov, otherwise they would have immediately refused. laughing They are going to go on a campaign in the ocean, and not just engage in coastal navigation of their Navy.
  3. vladsolo56
    vladsolo56 30 October 2013 11: 28
    +1
    The Republic of Korea wants to go broke, well, if it really wants to, it will be so
    1. alone
      alone 30 October 2013 21: 22
      0
      each helicopter costs a little over $ 92 million. a little expensive however.
  4. Nayhas
    Nayhas 30 October 2013 11: 38
    +1
    RK has enough capacity for construction and 60 thousand. aircraft carrier. The only question is that there are no aircraft for aircraft carriers.
    1. Russ69
      Russ69 30 October 2013 11: 41
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      Quote: Nayhas
      RK has enough capacity for construction and 60 thousand. aircraft carrier.

      The main price, and further maintenance ... Although South Korea is not poor, but it will be unprofitable for them.
      1. Nayhas
        Nayhas 30 October 2013 12: 09
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        Quote: Russ69
        The main price, and further maintenance ... Although South Korea is not poor, but it will be unprofitable for them.

        Their neighbor in China has ambitious ambitions and a strong fleet of the Republic of Kazakhstan cannot be dispensed with. Here the aircraft carriers are not a fad, but a necessity.
  5. ZU-23
    ZU-23 30 October 2013 11: 52
    0
    I do not like South Korea, it hurts too pro-American.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 30 October 2013 12: 11
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      Quote: ZU-23
      I do not like South Korea, it hurts too pro-American.

      Do you think all countries should be anti-American?
      1. ZU-23
        ZU-23 30 October 2013 12: 51
        +1
        Unfortunately, yes, because they themselves impose their vile policies and support terrorism, which they allegedly fight. If they were going through life in peace, they would gouge Vietnam, use nuclear weapons against Japan, Iraq, Libya, the attempt on Syria, spread drugs in Afghanistan and the victims from their country could be listed further. So with them you need to keep your ear sharp)))
        1. Nayhas
          Nayhas 30 October 2013 13: 10
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          Quote: ZU-23
          so they gouged Vietnam, used nuclear weapons against Japan, Iraq, Libya, an attempt on Syria, bred drugs in Afghanistan and you can continue to list the victims of their country

          -... and on the ruins of a chapel ...
          - Excuse me, but am I also a chapel?
          wink
          1. ZU-23
            ZU-23 30 October 2013 13: 22
            0
            Well, well laughing , of course it sometimes happens in some places, and the benefit from them is visible, but this is very small, the damage outweighs dozens of times.
  6. makarov
    makarov 30 October 2013 12: 16
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    Well, by 2036, we still have to live ...
  7. Jogan-xnumx
    Jogan-xnumx 30 October 2013 14: 09
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    The Navy of the Republic of Korea is considering the possibility of adopting two light aircraft carriers by 2036 in the context of increasing the combat power of the Navy of China and Japan ...

    Oga, aircraft carriers against China - zelo effective protection. Especially if, in the case of something vigorous, the Korean Peninsula will drop ten dozen meters below sea level ... lol
  8. Mareman Vasilich
    Mareman Vasilich 30 October 2013 14: 27
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    Yeah, and half the country to fit on it.
  9. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 30 October 2013 21: 07
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    What is characteristic of the "combat power" of the Russian CTOF was not even mentioned as a reason. And of course, only fools who squander resources can build "small" aircraft carriers without nuclear power plants. Only 100 tons, only nuclear power plants, everything like adults, so in the opinion of Internet experts should, and soon we will be worth, not exchanging for any nonsense.
    Now why are you needed. For example, in the event of a war with North Korea, it will be more correct to break through a dividing line that has been intentionally strengthened for ten years, or to land an amphibious assault in the depths of the coast with the cover of an airhead from a couple of small aircraft carriers. Or here are the disputed islands with Japan, if it’s better to send a frigate or an aircraft carrier with an escort.
  10. APASUS
    APASUS 30 October 2013 21: 27
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    It would be better if they invested in the development of air defense systems. They themselves covered themselves and in the international market the demand is exorbitant