How South Korea plans to become a global military power

Extreme tension. On Monday, December 26, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that it had “detected a North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle” and then “responded immediately” with warning shots and a deployment of fighter jets and combat helicopters. A military incident that adds to a long list with the North Korean neighbor. It only reinforces the firm will of South Korea – little known in Europe – to become, by forced march, a new military power.

Last September, at an Arms Fair in Poncheon, near the North Korean border, Seoul flexed its muscles with its K-9 self-propelled howitzers, which fired with a deafening din. The flagships of South Korean armaments were gathered to detail their know-how in defense equipment to potential buyers. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has set his goal for the summer: “South Korea will be the world’s fourth largest arms exporter behind France, Russia and the United States.” A bet he could well win.


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