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South Korea fortifies defence against nuclear threat and fighter shortfall with more F-35s

3rd January 2024 - 16:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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South Korea's new F-35s would include the Block 4 upgrade. (Photo: US DoD)

South Korea has formalised its plans to expand its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

South Korea has signed a letter of acceptance (LOA) to acquire an additional 20 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 1 January that the LOA was signed in December.

As Shephard reported in September last year, the Republic of Korea was seeking 25 Lockheed Martin fighters under a potential US$5.06 billion Foreign Military Sale. However, recent developments indicated a shift back to the country's initial plan of acquiring only 20 additional aircraft.

The Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said at the time that the F-35s would include the Block 4

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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