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South Korea will spend a billion dollars on "flying tankers"

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South Korea is going to hold another major tender for the purchase of weapons. Next year, Seoul intends to purchase four tanker aircraft for its air force. The total value of the contract is about one billion US dollars. "Flying tankers" will allow the South Korean air force to significantly increase the range of fighters.


The principal decision that next year Seoul will hold a tender for the purchase of four tanker aircraft was made during the 72 meeting of the Defense Development Committee chaired by South Korean Defense Minister Kim Gwan Jin. According to the approved plan, a tender will be announced from January 2014 of the year, applications from participants will be accepted, then there will be an assessment of applicants and negotiations with possible suppliers. The final decision on which aircraft will be purchased should be made in the middle of 2014, the “Flying Tankers” will begin to flow into the South Korean Air Force in the period from 2017 to 2019.

According to experts, the main contenders for the billion-dollar tender are in fact already known: this is the plane MRTTA33 of the European company Airbus Military and the KS-767 of the American concern Boeing.

According to the military, the acquisition of four tanker aircraft will increase for about an hour the time that South Korean fighters may be in the air. According to estimates, this is equivalent to an increase in the number of South Korean combat aircraft by 30 percent.

At the moment, South Korea cannot guarantee reliable protection of the remote islands - Dokdo (Takeshima) in the east and the space above the Iodo underwater rock in the southwest. And both of these regions are subject to claims from neighboring countries. Japan claims the first, and China claims the second. Departing from the nearest airbase with full tanks, the Korean fighter KF-16 has enough fuel to stay in the vicinity of Dokdo for 10 minutes, and in the case of Iodo only 5 minutes. For F-15K, the same figures are 30 and 20 minutes, respectively. Given this, the Korean pilots have long asked the government to buy "flying tankers."

If it is possible to refuel in the air, the time spent in the Tokdo archipelago for F-15K will increase to 90 minutes, and over Iodo - to 80 minutes.

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Characteristics of the aircraft MRTTA33

Manufacturing company: "Airbus Military" (EU)
Terms of commissioning: the first flight in June 2007 g., Work continues
Length-width-height (m): 58,8 - 17,4 - 60,3
Crew: 3 man (two pilots and one refueling operator)
Maximum load: 45 tons
Maximum take-off weight: tons 233
Volume of refueling tanks: 111 tons
Maximum speed: 880 km / h
Range: 14 800 km
Maximum height: 12 600 m


Characteristics of the aircraft KS-767

Manufacturing company: Boeing (USA)
Terms of commissioning: 2018 g.
Length-width-height (m): 50,5 - 15,9 - 48,1
Crew: 3 man (two pilots and one refueling operator)
Maximum load: 29,5 tons
Maximum take-off weight: tons 188,04
Volume of refueling tanks: 94,2 tons
Maximum speed: 915 km / h
Range: 12 200 km
Maximum height: 12 200 m
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  1. klimpopov
    klimpopov 29 November 2013 11: 57
    +2
    Well, and who is arming? Who spurs the north? Who drives them into economic opus and then tells how ineffective socialism is?
    And do not talk about the threats from North Korea, they make trolleybuses with hammers and the threat ...
    1. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 29 November 2013 14: 41
      -1
      They would have reconciled long ago, but this is not beneficial to Washington!
    2. clidon
      clidon 29 November 2013 19: 21
      +4
      Yes, there is no threat from an impoverished country with supermilitarization, nuclear weapons and promises to turn Seoul into a "sea of ​​fire" (for which the border contains the world's largest long-range artillery park), of course. Just paranoia - a million-strong army is there only for parades and caring for the beds.
    3. alone
      alone 29 November 2013 21: 24
      +3
      The South Caucasus is not arming itself against the DPRK. All this is against China. Why do air tankers need against the DPRK? DPRK 1000 km from the South Coast of Chtoli? It is nearby. And to bomb it in the air, you do not need to refuel.
      1. clidon
        clidon 29 November 2013 22: 18
        0
        And a lot of those tankers buy UK? Of course, Seoul has disputed islands and problems, with both China and Japan, but the northerners are the main opponents.
  2. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 29 November 2013 11: 59
    +4
    and the region "heats up" ... slowly but surely belay
    1. klimpopov
      klimpopov 29 November 2013 12: 01
      +3
      And the region is heated artificially ... and not slowly but surely ...
    2. clidon
      clidon 30 November 2013 09: 08
      0
      Already as 60 years heats up ....
  3. w.ebdo.g
    w.ebdo.g 29 November 2013 12: 01
    0
    Now South Korea will have the opportunity to fly to Vladivostok and back ...
    something Americans began to strongly arm everyone who is close to Russia and China ...
  4. svp67
    svp67 29 November 2013 12: 05
    0
    "Flying tankers" will allow the South Korean Air Force to significantly increase the range of fighters.
    This is of course, but where and to whom are they going to "visit"?
    1. Phantom Revolution
      Phantom Revolution 1 December 2013 09: 07
      0
      To China for a campaign there to prepare a new redistribution of property.
    2. Phantom Revolution
      Phantom Revolution 1 December 2013 09: 07
      0
      To China for a campaign there to prepare a new redistribution of property.
  5. makarov
    makarov 29 November 2013 12: 11
    +1
    And they need flying cans for sherry ?? There of that Korea, you can ride on one leg.
    1. klimpopov
      klimpopov 29 November 2013 12: 25
      +1
      And if you look just outside the peninsula?
      1. Alex 241
        Alex 241 29 November 2013 15: 09
        +1
        Hi Klim, better than any words.
        1. klimpopov
          klimpopov 29 November 2013 15: 54
          0
          Hello! Who knows the map he understands everything!
          1. alone
            alone 29 November 2013 21: 25
            0
            Quote: klimpopov
            Hello! Who knows the map he understands everything!


            China! another argument is not accepted!
  6. moreman78
    moreman78 29 November 2013 13: 01
    +2
    For those in the tank - South Korea and Japan are arming - against CHINA!
    1. APASUS
      APASUS 29 November 2013 17: 40
      +1
      Quote: moreman78
      For those in the tank - South Korea and Japan are arming - against CHINA!

      In fact, South Korea’s geographic location is the most difficult. Here, do not look everywhere rival or enemy
      1. Revolver
        Revolver 30 November 2013 05: 29
        0
        Quote: APASUS
        Quote: moreman78
        For those in the tank - South Korea and Japan are arming - against CHINA!

        In fact, South Korea’s geographic location is the most difficult. Here, do not look everywhere rival or enemy

        Well, even Uncle Sam is an ally from a military point of view, and a direct competitor from an economic point of view. Look how the same Samsung and Apple are biting, in the courts and not only.
        1. APASUS
          APASUS 30 November 2013 09: 56
          0
          Quote: Nagan
          Well, even Uncle Sam is an ally from a military point of view, and a direct competitor from an economic point of view. Look how the same Samsung and Apple are biting, in the courts and not only.

          This is the reason why the small mess in this area is very beneficial for the United States. That's how they seem to be watching their main allies, Germany is a political and economic competitor.
          How paradoxical it sounds on the main US allies such countries as Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia!
          In economic terms - zero, in the political support the United States, even if they are going to attack the Vatican .....
  7. Volodya Sibiryak
    Volodya Sibiryak 29 November 2013 13: 10
    0
    Do not go to the grandmother - Boeing will win the tender.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 29 November 2013 13: 34
      +1
      Quote: Volodya Sibiryak
      Do not go to the grandmother - Boeing will win the tender.

      Yes, the chances are high. There will be no compatibility problems with a filler-neck, and the Koreans fly AWACS based on 737 Boeing, it will be cheaper to service.
  8. Alexey M
    Alexey M 29 November 2013 13: 20
    -4
    Quote: moreman78
    For those in the tank - South Korea and Japan are arming - against CHINA!

    HA ha laughed!
    Americans stupidly earn money from their allies. And at the same time they trade in technology. Because the United States was blown away and there is nothing more to sell to them.
  9. mountain
    mountain 29 November 2013 13: 34
    0
    Roughly or mildly speaking, something fell swoop over problems from the Middle East to the Far East. But all this is planned and obviously not by chance. An American is eager to fight and create tension in this region. Depriving China of oil products from the Middle East, we are drawn into this collapse. God forbid.
  10. Alexey M
    Alexey M 29 November 2013 18: 53
    +1
    You are evil and nasty. One cons and more than one argument.
    1. alone
      alone 29 November 2013 21: 26
      0
      We are not evil and not nasty. And the United States has not blown away. It’s too early to write it off!

      did not minus! laughing
      1. Alexey M
        Alexey M 30 November 2013 23: 04
        0
        The United States, like the old lion in the savannah, seems to be a king, but respect is not that. Many young and greyhounds have appeared.
        China is advancing on its heels, Russia is no longer caving in, Europe is no longer looking in its mouth. Yes, it has backed up its problems.
    2. Yura
      Yura 29 November 2013 21: 27
      0
      Quote: Alexey M
      You are evil and nasty. One cons and more than one argument.

      Well, here are two pluses, there will be no arguments either. hi
  11. Chertkov Oleg
    Chertkov Oleg 2 December 2013 10: 25
    0
    Will they succeed? The situation in the world changes in a matter of weeks or days. For example, the situation in Syria and Iran, Ukraine has come to its senses on the edge of the abyss, China and Japan (read the USA) are divided by uninhabited islands. It's only the beginning!