Rapid Fire May 23, 2012: Missiles for Korea
South Korea intends to spend more than 2 billion dollars over the next 5 years on missiles according to Yonhap. The Chosunilbo reports that this sum will translate into 500+ Hyunmu-2 and Hyunmu-3 missiles. They’re also adding to their minesweeping capabilities.
The European Defense Agency (EDA)’s first European Defence Matters [PDF] magazine talks about pooling and sharing within the European Union. Recent Franco-British and Benelux efforts show that a few willing countries get more traction than elusive EU-wide projects.
After successful trials on the first-of-class HMS Daring air defense destroyer, the UAT MOD 2.1 & 2.3 programs will retrofit Thales’ all-digital RESM technology across the Royal Navy’s entire surface warship fleet. It’s used to locate other radars & communications emitters, improving awareness and warning against attacks by radar-guided missiles.
The US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations has worked on its version of FY13 funding. It would lower funding to Iraq, Egypt and Pakistan, with some strings attached. Reopening Pakistani GLOCs anyone?
Turkey wants to buy American UAVs. Here too, only with Congressional approval.
Elbit sold $160M worth of UAS to an unnamed European customer.
The gratuitous eye candy opening this entry comes courtesy of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.