Press TV, Seoul
South Korea’s weapons are rapidly advancing. Following the introduction of a larger class of submarines in 2018, the country last week test-fired a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile. This and other advanced weapons in development emphasize military deterrence against perceived foreign threats, including North Korea, despite calling on Pyongyang to negotiate denuclearization and arms reductions. Activists argue such policies undermine national security.
South Korea is in the process of choosing a light aircraft carrier with two of South Korea’s major shipbuilders intensifying competition for the project. Seoul Friday also announced it would build two larger SLBM-capable submarines. Activists argue South Korea’s near 50 billion dollar defense spending should be re-allocated.
South Korea’s arms production is at such a scale to be considered a military industrial complex. Many of South Korea’s largest corporations are heavily invested in the industry, which carries significant economic and political influence.
South Korea also recently outlined development of a bunker busting bomb to be deployed on a ballistic missile, following an agreement with the US to eliminate limits on South Korea’s missile payload and range.