China boosts fighter jet deployment

May 29th, 2008  

Topic: China boosts fighter jet deployment

I think these fighters were produced already and I think China took a big hit with this earthquake both the J-10 fighter and FC-1/JF-17 fighter is produced in the area that got hit. Sadly some of thousands that died must have worked at either of the factories and plants that produced these fighters. This is just PR saying things are alright but how could they be. I still can't believe so many people died I see the numbers but just can't seem possible. I don't know earthquake history did more people die in this one then any other?

China boosts fighter jet deployment

By Jung Sung-ki
Staff Reporter

South Korea has expressed interest in purchasing renovated U.S. Apache attack helicopters, which will be available to international customers in the near future, a U.S. government official said Tuesday.

Army Col. Kevin W. Madden, chief of the Joint U.S. Military Affairs Group-Korea (JUSMAG-K), said, the U.S. government will soon make available to foreign customers about 260 Block I Apache helicopters built by Boeing.

The JUSMAG-K is attached to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul with missions to support affairs related to the Korea-U.S. alliance.

``I have heard many countries have expressed interest,'' Madden told The Korea Times. ``I have been briefed that there will be options for international customers to refurbish or completely rebuild the helicopters in the customer's preferred configuration all the way up to Block III Longbow models.''

``In that case, they will not be `used' at all but will represent, for practical purposes, completely new helicopters. I'm sure prices will depend on the customer's desires,'' he added.

His remarks were contradictory to those by the spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense earlier in the day.

Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-je said the U.S. government had first proposed the idea to the Korean government through the JUSMAG-K. He confirmed a local report that Seoul is considering buying 36 ``second-hand'' Apaches with a total price tag of 1 trillion won ($960 million) to replace the Army's aging Cobra attack choppers.

The Apache fleet would be full operational with the Army by 2012, according to the report.

``The offer was only reviews at the working level but we're reviewing it very positively,'' Won told reporters.

Won, however, denied part of the report that the government would drop a plan to build more than 270 semi-indigenous attack helicopters under the Korea Attack Helicopter (KAH) program.

``The defense budget for research expenses on the KAH program was included in the 2009-2013 arms procurement plan,'' said the spokesman. ``The program to develop attack helicopters using the country's own technology will go forward as scheduled.''

Many defense experts say purchasing aircraft from foreign manufacturers would be more economically sound than developing its own, which is expected cost up to 10 trillion won.

The AH-64 Apache Longbow is an all-weather, day-night military attack helicopter and is the U.S. Army's principle attack helicopter. Its armament include a 30mm M230 Chain Gun, AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and Hydra 70 laser-guided rockets.

The U.S. Forces Korea maintains two Apache battalions here to help prevent North Korean special forces from infiltrating the South by sea. Recent reports said the United States is considering pulling one battalion from the Korean Peninsula to deploy it to Afghanistan on anti-terror missions.

Madden stressed, ``The U.S. government has not proposed anything to the Korean government and has not been advised that Seoul will purchase these helicopters.''

``As far as I know, the ROK Army is still looking at future concepts and configurations for its helicopter fleet and has made no final determinations and the KAH program is still viable,'' he said. ``Over the past 5-8 years, the ROKG has made inquiries and requested information not only on the Apache but also the Super Cobra as well as other countries' helicopters.''
May 30th, 2008  
A Can of Man
A long article about nothing.
May 30th, 2008  

Topic: A long article about nothing.

the_13th_redneck I'm not sure it's about nothing but if you like in the future I can shorten how much article is posted and just link to the rest?

My friend I don't write em I only find them. South Korea interested in purchasing renovated U.S. Apache attack helicopters is news that attracts my attention.

My personnel feeling is since NK tanks have T-54/55 era trash that the 270 semi-indigenous attack helicopters under the Korea Attack Helicopter (KAH) could handle the tanks and with good IR equipment could handle the North Korean special forces right as well. Why pay $40+ million per for helicopters that would basically be an overkill for both task missions. Going with the semi-indigenous attack helicopters is the route I would have taken. Apache's are great but costly I think new ones go for around $47 mil per.

I think South Korea's new IFV and tanks are first rate and light years better then anything North Korea has for sure. I'm sure I underrate Noth Korea's means to really attack into the south but you guys train, you have ammo that made in this decade, food, spares, reserve equipment, and a strong AF. Not to mention some US forces in country and other only transports away. I assume aircraft sorties from US force could be called in from outside bases in around 5 to 8 hours, a little less from Japan. It's just that artillery there's no easy answer for.
May 31st, 2008  
A Can of Man
Artillery, spies, saboteurs, special forces... the list goes on and on.
South Korea's heavily infiltrated with North Korean agents and of course, your regular run of the line traitors who believe South Korea is a US colony and that the DPRK is the true Korea.

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