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Presidential jet to be fitted with anti-missile gear

South Korea's presidential jet will be fitted with anti-missile gear by 2016 under a new project expected to cost more than 30 billion won (US$27 million), government and military officials said Sunday.Under a renewed contract with the nation's flagship carrier, Korean Air Lines Co., a Boe...

Updated : 2014.12.21 10:47

Team proposes employment incentives for conscripts

A panel to reform the culture of the military recommended Thursday that the Defense Ministry consider simplifying enlisted soldiers’ ranking structure and enhancing the military judicial system and t...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:30

‘Progress on info-sharing pact between Korea, U.S., Japan’

South Korea, the United States and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence to better deal with threats from North Korea, Seoul’s defense ministry said.Still, the three have yet to reach a final consensus on the issue, the ministry said, de...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:14

Techwin signs howitzer export deal with Poland

South Korean defense firm Samsung Techwin on Wednesday signed a $310-million contract with Poland’s state-run firm Huta Stalowa Wola to deliver 120 indigenous K-9 self-propelled howitzers from next year through 2022.Under the contract, the first batch of 24 K-9s will be delivered to Polan...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:14

Progress made on military info-sharing pact between S. Korea,

South Korea, the United States and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence to better deal with threats from North Korea, Seoul's defense ministry said.  Still, the three have yet to reach a final consensus on the issue, the ministry said,...

Updated : 2014.12.18 16:08

Auditors demand disciplinary action against Navy chief

State auditors demanded Wednesday that the Defense Ministry take disciplinary action against Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Hwang Ki-chul in connection with a corruption scandal concerning the acquisition of a salvage ship.The Board of Audit and Inspection said that Hwang was “negligent”...

Updated : 2014.12.17 21:12

S. Korea pushes to switch fighter jet contractor to Lockheed

South Korea began the official process Wednesday of changing the contractor for its project to upgrade the country's aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets amid controversy over the contractor's demands for a higher price, Seoul's arms procurement agency said.   The Defense Acquisition Progra...

Updated : 2014.12.17 13:50

S. Korean relief troops in Philippines set to return home

South Korean relief troops stationed in the Philippines will return home next week after wrapping up their one-year mission to rebuild the country in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the military here said Tuesday.   A total of 520 troops, mostly engineers and medics, were dispatched to...

Updated : 2014.12.16 12:14

USFK likely to broaden operational scope

The Pentagon’s new defense innovation initiative indicates that U.S. Forces Korea may go beyond its current mission of deterring North Korea to undertake a larger regional and global security role, analysts said Monday.Capitalizing on new operational concepts backed by innovative, high-te...

Updated : 2014.12.15 21:36

Warrants sought for military officers over salvage ship project

Arrest warrants have been sought for two military officers on charges of taking bribes from a local company that supplied faulty parts to a Navy rescue and salvage ship, a pan-governmental investigation team said Sunday.The joint team of prosecutors, military officers and government offici...

Updated : 2014.12.14 10:33

U.S. House passes bill on missile defense cooperation

WASHINGTON (Yonhap) ― The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that calls for greater missile defense cooperation with South Korea and Japan against threats from North Korea.The legislation, H.R.3979, calls for the secretary of defense to conduct an assessment to identify oppor...

Updated : 2014.12.10 21:46

S. Korea adds 260 people to list of Korean War abductees

A South Korean government panel has confirmed 260 more people were abducted by North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War, the unification ministry said Wednesday.The official number of South Korean citizens forcibly taken to the communist North during the war has jumped to 3,635, it said.T...

Updated : 2014.12.10 14:02

U.S. Navy chief says rebalance to Asia ‘real’

Washington’s strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific is “real” as it has been manifested in its decisions to deploy more advanced naval assets, including three stealth destroyers to the region,...

Updated : 2014.12.09 21:35

Defense Ministry may raise mental health requirements in conscription health check

The Defense Ministry is pushing changes in standards in draft exemptions for people with a history of mental illness, a ministry official said Sunday.“We’re working on revising the standards on a large scale in evaluating the depth of mental diseases during physical exam for conscription...

Updated : 2014.12.07 21:08

Defense ministry considers easing standards for exempting the mentally ill from conscription

The defense ministry is pushing changes in standards in draft exemptions for people with a history of mental illness, a ministry official said Sunday."We're working on revising the standards on a large scale in evaluating the depth of mental diseases during physical exam for conscription,"...

Updated : 2014.12.07 10:42