March 26, 2023

Seoul to acquire more stealth jets, interceptors to counter North Korean threats

$5.6 billion plan aims to bolster defenses against DPRK missiles and boost domestic drone development

South Korea will purchase additional F-35A stealth fighters and Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) interceptors from the U.S. to defend against North Korean missiles and other emerging threats, the country’s defense procurement agency announced Monday.

The Defense Project Promotion Committee has approved five projects amounting to some $5.6 billion (about 7.3 trillion won), according to a Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) press release.