Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SKorea says it will buy air-to-ground missiles from abroad

by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) April 26, 2008
South Korea has decided to buy hundreds of cruise missiles capable of striking targets such as North Korea's nuclear sites and command posts, reports said Saturday.

The Korea Times and other newspapers said the air-to-surface missiles would be fitted on 21 new F-15 fighter jets Seoul has agreed to buy from Boeing between 2010 and 2012.

A spokesman for the Defence Acquisition Programme Administration said the government had decided to secure "top-of-line air-to-ground guided missiles from abroad" instead of developing them locally.

"No decision has yet been made as to the type and supplier for the missiles," he told AFP.

However, reports said some 400 Lockheed-Martin Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, or other missiles of similar capacity which have a range of 400 kilometres (250 miles), would be purchased.

The reports came as inter-Korean relations are cooling, with the North cutting off all dialogue with its neighbour, labelling Seoul's new president Lee Myung-Bak a "traitor."

South Korea's new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Kim Tae-Young, said in March that it would be important for the South to find nuclear sites and strike them in case the North was about to use an atomic bomb against it.

The North interpreted these remarks, made in response to a hypothetical question from a lawmaker in parliament, as hinting at a preemptive military strike.

Lee, a conservative who took office February 25, has angered the North by adopting a tougher line on relations after a decade-long "sunshine" engagement policy under liberal presidents.

He says he will link economic aid to the North's progress in nuclear disarmament and will raise its widely-criticised human rights policy.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


Pakistan tests nuclear capable missile again: army
Islamabad (AFP) April 21, 2008
Pakistan's military on Monday carried out a training launch of a long-range nuclear-capable missile which can hit targets deep in rival India, the second such test in three days, the military said.







  • China, India powers to equal US might in 10 years: Canadian survey
  • Gates urges greater clarity by military media analysts
  • Atlantic Eye: Tbilisi's European yearnings
  • US push for new security mechanism irks Southeast Asia

  • Outside View: Iran's nuclear fuel stalled
  • Atomic expert questions US claim over Syrian 'reactor'
  • Assad denies building nuclear reactor
  • Syrian reactor was almost operational: US officials

  • Netherlands Awards Raytheon Paveway Missile Contract
  • SKorea says it will buy air-to-ground missiles from abroad
  • Pakistan tests nuclear capable missile again: army
  • Pakistan tests nuclear-capable missile: army

  • Boeing And Turkey's HAVELSAN Renew Missile Defense Partnership
  • 'Invisible' Czechs protest over US anti-missile radar
  • Raytheon Awarded Contract For South Korea Patriot Air And Missile Defense Capabilities
  • Russia says missile shield concerns undiminished: reports

  • Belgian airline says it will cut costs, emissions by slowing down
  • Airbus, Boeing sign accord to cut air traffic impact on environment
  • Oil spike, cost of planes led to Oasis collapse: founders
  • Airbus boss says aviation unfairly targeted over climate change

  • NGC Awarded Predator And Reaper UAS Development Contract
  • Outside View: UAV options
  • Synthetic Demonstration Develops Unmanned Vehicle Command Capability
  • First Sky Warrior Aircraft For US Army Takes To The Air

  • Obama says he will set timetable for Baghdad
  • Analysis: Congress attacks Iraq spending
  • Analysis: Petraeus on Iraq vs. Afghanistan
  • Petraeus to head US Middle East forces

  • Raytheon Awarded Contract For European Radar Program
  • Defense Focus: Weapons evolution -- Part 4
  • BAE Starts Manufacture Of First F-35 Lightning II Aircraft
  • Outside View: Su-34 strategy -- Part 2

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement